GENERIC NAME: torsemide
BRAND NAME: Demadex
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
- Torsemide is used for the treatment of edema (water retention) due to congestive heart failure, kidney disease, chronic kidney failure, or liver disease.
- Torsemide also is used alone or combined with other antihypertensive agents for the treatment of hypertension.
- Torsemide should not be used in people who are allergic to it or to sulfonylureas to which it is related.
- Torsemide should not be used in people who are unable to produce urine.
- Torsemide should be used with caution in patients with liver disease with cirrhosis and ascites because sudden changes in fluid and electrolyte balance can cause hepatic coma.
- dry mouth,
- reduced kidney function,
- heart arrhythmias,
- muscle aches and pains,
- nausea, and
Common side effects of disulfiram include:
- excessive urination,
- runny nose,
- ECG Abnormality,
- joint pain,
- stomach upset,
- sore throat,
- muscle pain,
- edema, and
Possible serious side effects of torsemide include:
- atrial fibrillation,
- chest pain,
- gastrointestinal bleeding,
- high blood glucose (hyperglycemia),
- increased uric acid (hyperuricemia),
- low blood potassium (hypokalemia),
- low blood pressure (hypotension),
- shunt thrombosis,
- rectal bleeding,
- ventricular tachycardia,
- serious skin reactions (Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis),
- allergic reactions,
- pancreatitis, and
- reduced number of white blood cells and platelets.
Torsemide can cause dehydration and loss of potassium and other electrolytes. Low potassium levels (hypokalemia) can cause abnormal heart beats especially in people with heart disease or those taking digoxin (Lanoxin). Levels of potassium and other electrolytes should be monitored during treatment with torsemide.
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