|Type of medicine||Loop diuretic|
|Used for||Oedema (fluid retention)
Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Torasemide is used to treat oedema (fluid retention) caused by heart failure. If the heart becomes less efficient at pumping blood around the body, fluid leaks out of the blood vessels causing swelling in the tissues of the lungs, feet or ankles. Torasemide prevents the build-up of fluid by increasing the amount of urine produced by the kidneys.
Torasemide is also used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure).
Before taking torasemide
Before taking torasemide make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
- If you know you have hypokalaemia (a low level of potassium in blood) or hyponatraemia (a low level of sodium in blood).
- If you have liver or kidney problems.
- If you have diabetes.
- If you have prostate problems or are having difficulty passing urine.
- If you have gout or high levels of uric acid in your blood.
- If you know you have low blood pressure.
- If you are taking other medicines, including those available to buy without a prescription, herbal or complementary medicines.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or to any other medicine.
How to take torasemide
- Before beginning treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet.
- Take your medication exactly as directed by your doctor.
- Torasemide will make you pass urine more often, so take your dose in the morning so as not to disturb your sleep.
- Try to take torasemide at the same time each day to avoid missing any doses.
- If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is after 6 pm in the evening, skip the missed dose and continue taking it at the usual time the next day. Do not take two doses together to make up for a missed dose.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Keep your regular doctor's appointment so your progress can be monitored.
- Diuretics help you to lose water. On occasions you may lose too much and become dehydrated, leaving you feeling thirsty and your skin looking and feeling dry. Let your doctor know if this happens.
- Do not stop taking this medicine without speaking with your doctor first.
- If you are having any treatment like an operation or dental treatment, tell the person carrying out the treatment which medicines you are taking.
- If you buy any medicines, check with a pharmacist that they are safe to take with your other medicines.
Can torasemide cause problems?
Along with their useful effects, all medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Common side-effects||What can I do if I experience this|
|Stomach ache and cramp, indigestion, feeling or being sick||Eat little and often. Stick to simple foods|
|Dry mouth||Try chewing sugar-free gum or sweets|
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store torasemide
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Important information about all medicines
Further reading & references
- British National Formulary; 60th Edition (September 2010) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London.
- Manufacturer's PIL, Torem Tablets® 5 mg and 10 mg; Manufacturer's PIL, Torem Tablets® 5 mg and 10 mg, MEDA Pharmaceuticals, electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated June 2010.
|Original Author: Helen Allen||Current Version: Shehzad Raza|
|Last Checked: 18/11/2010||Document ID: 3536 Version: 22||© EMIS|
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