torsemide (Demadex)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

What are the uses for torsemide?

This drug is prescribed by doctors to treat several diseases and conditions.

Who shouldn't take Demadex?

  • Patient's shouldn't take Demadex if they are allergic to it or to sulfonylureas to which it is related.
  • Don't take it if you aren't able to urinate.
  • Patients with liver disease with cirrhosis and ascites should use this drug with caution because sudden changes in fluid and electrolyte balance can cause hepatic coma.

Torsemide side effects

Potent medication like torsemide can cause low blood levels of potassium, magnesium, sodium, and calcium. Additionally, fluid losses may lead to dehydration. The symptoms of dehydration may include:

Possible side effects of this medication reported often include:

Possible serious side effects adverse effects include:

Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and reversible hearing loss may occur.

Demadex 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 the medicine digoxin (Lanoxin). Levels of potassium and other electrolytes should be monitored during medical treatment with this medicine.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/3/2017

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