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TORSEMIDE (TORE se mide) is a diuretic. It helps you make more urine and to lose salt and excess water from your body. This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure, and edema or swelling from heart, kidney, or liver disease.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
abnormal blood electrolytes
small amounts of urine, or difficulty passing urine
an unusual or allergic reaction to torsemide, sulfa drugs, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You may take this medicine with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food or milk. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Remember that you will need to pass more urine after taking this medicine. Do not take your medicine at a time of day that will cause you problems. Do not take at bedtime.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
certain antibiotics given by injection
certain heart medicines like digoxin
medicines for diabetes
medicines for blood pressure
medicines for cholesterol like cholestyramine
medicines that relax muscles for surgery
NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
OTC supplements like ginseng and ephedra
steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Check your blood pressure regularly. Ask your doctor or health care professional what your blood pressure should be, and when you should contact him or her. If you are a diabetic, check your blood sugar as directed.
You may need to be on a special diet while taking this medicine. Check with your doctor. Also, ask how many glasses of fluid you need to drink a day. You must not get dehydrated.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can make you more drowsy and dizzy. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions such as skin rash or itching, hives, swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue or throat
blood in urine or stool
hearing loss or ringing in the ears
muscle pain, weakness or cramps
pain or difficulty passing urine
unusually weak or tired
vomiting or diarrhea
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
dizzy or lightheaded
passing large amounts of urine
stomach pain, upset or nausea
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
small amount of urine, or difficulty passing urine
This medicine is for injection into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
This does not apply.
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
You may need to be a on special diet while you are taking this medicine. Ask your doctor. Also, ask how many glasses of fluids you need to drink each day. You must not get dehydrated.
allergic reactions such as skin rash or itching, hives, swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, or throat
blood in urine or stools
fever or chills
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.