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Torasemide (Demadex) Drug for Congestive Heart Failure: Use, Side Effects, Interactions




Torasemide
(Demadex, United States and Canada)

More drugs used for Congestive Heart Failure.

Use:

Torasemide or Demadex is a loop diuretic and is as effective in 10 -20 mg as furosemide is in 40 mg strengths. It is used in congestive heart failure and hypertension.

How It Works:

Torasemide or Demadex increases the urinary output, decreasing the fluid volume in the body, and thus reducing blood pressure and making it easier for the heart to move the blood through the circulation.

Side Effects:

Torasemide or Demadex can cause orthostatic hypotension, gastro intestinal disturbances, muscle cramps, skin rashes, dizziness, tiredness, and headache. All side effects usually are mild and transient.

Cautions for People:

Because Torasemide or Demadex can cause orthostatic hypotension, people should get up slowly from a lying or sitting position to avoid lightheadedness and fainting.

Drug Interactions:

Torasemide or Demadex does not cause a significant urinary loss of potassium, but it still does cause some loss. Potassium supplementation may be needed.

Further Reading:

Drugs 1991;41:81
Drugs 1995;49:121

Added to Virtual Drugstore November 1996.

The relevant product monographs must be regarded as the appropriate sources of prescribing information.













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