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Torsemide is a medication that is prescribed for the treatment of fluid retention and high blood pressure. By increasing the amount of salt and water that the kidneys remove from the blood and decreasing blood volume, the medication can effectively control high blood pressure and help with water retention. The drug comes in tablet form and is usually taken once a day. Prior to taking it, be sure to tell your healthcare provider about any medical conditions you may have, as well as any medications you may be taking.

What Is Torsemide?

Torsemide (Demadex®) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention. It is part of a class of medicines known as diuretics.

Side Effects

As with any medicine, there are possible side effects with torsemide. However, not everyone who takes torsemide will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it well. When side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
The most common side effects of torsemide include:
  • Irritated or runny nose
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmia)
  • Coughing
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Joint pain
  • Indigestion.
(Click Side Effects of Torsemide to learn about specific side effects of this drug, including some of the more serious side effects that you should report to your healthcare provider.)
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