This medicine contains of the active ingredient torasemide which belongs to a group of medicines called diuretics, also known as water tablets. These medicines cause the kidneys to produce more urine, and in that way they free your body from retaining the amounts of water higher than needed. Torasemide is prescribed for the treatment of oedema (water retention caused by heart failure) and hypertension (high blood pressure).
Is Torasemide suitable for me?
Torasemide is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you are allergic to torasemide or to other ingredients of this medicine
- if you have a low volume of blood (hypovolaemia)
- if you have low blood pressure (hypotension)
- if you have cardiac arrhythmia
- if you have gout
- if you have high levels of uric acid in your blood
- if you have kidney or liver problems
- if you are not passing any water
- if you are pregnant or breast-feeding
- if you are under 12 years old
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- have diabetes
- have low levels of potassium or sodium in your blood
- have liver or prostate problems
Torasemide interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Torasemide?
This medicine is available in form of a tablet.
You should take torasemide exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
- For the treatment of high blood pressure, the usual dose is between 2.5 and 5 mg taken once a day.
- For the treatment of oedema, the usual dose is 5 mg taken once a day. The maximum dose is 20 mg a day.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Torasemide side effects?
Like all medicines torasemide can cause side effects, including:
- increased levels of sugar, uric acid and fats
- upset stomach
- inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
- changes in how your liver is working
- skin rashes and itchy skin
- blurred eyesight
- ringing in the ears
- loss of hearing
- tingling in the legs or arms
- dry mouth
- difficulty passing water
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.