Treats fluid retention (edema) caused by congestive heart failure, kidney disease, or liver disease. This medicine also treats high blood pressure alone or together with other blood pressure medicines. This medicine is a diuretic ("water pill").
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to torsemide or other medicines called sulfonylureas (such as tolazamide, chlorpropamide, tolbutamide, glipizide, glyburide, Tolinase®, Diabinase®, Tol-Tab®, Glucophage®, Glucotrol®, Glucovance®). You should not use this medicine if you cannot urinate because of kidney failure or other problems.
Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Your dose may need to be changed several times in order to find out what works best for you. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
You may take this medicine with or without food.
Carefully follow your doctor's instructions about any special diet. You may need to eat foods that are high in potassium (such as oranges or bananas) to prevent potassium loss while you are using this medicine.
If a dose is missed:
If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are using digoxin (Lanoxin®), cholestyramine (Questran®), probenecid (Benemid®), or lithium (Lithane®, Lithobid®, Eskalith®).
Tell your doctor if you are also using any other diuretic (such as ethacrynic acid, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide, Edecrin®, Lasix®), pain or arthritis medicine (such as aspirin, ibuprofen, indomethacin, Aleve®, Motrin®), or medicine to treat an infection (such as amikacin, gentamicin, streptomycin, Amikin®, Garamycin®).