Send to

Choose Destination
Am J Health Syst Pharm. 1995 Aug 15;52(16):1771-80; quiz 1814-5.

Torsemide: a new loop diuretic.

Author information

Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration, College of Pharmacy, University of South Carolina, Columbia 29208, USA.


The pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, clinical efficacy, adverse effects, and dosage and administration of torsemide are reviewed. Torsemide belongs to the pyridine-sulfonylurea class of loop diuretics. Its primary site of activity is the thick ascending limb of the loop of Henle, where it blocks active reabsorption of sodium and chloride, resulting in diuresis, natriuresis, and other effects. Torsemide has high bioavailability, a relatively long half-life, and a prolonged duration of activity. It is highly protein bound. Clinical trials indicate that torsemide is effective in the treatment of hypertension and of edema and other symptoms in patients with chronic renal failure (CRF), hepatic dysfunction, or congestive heart failure (CHF). Torsemide has infrequent, mild, and transient adverse effects; among the most common are orthostatic hypotension, fatigue, dizziness, and nervousness. The recommended initial oral dosages of torsemide are 10-20 mg/day for CHF, 20 mg/day for CRF, 5 mg/day for hypertension, and 5-10 mg/day (in combination with a potassium-sparing diuretic or aldosterone antagonist) for hepatic cirrhosis. In most patients, the pharmacokinetic advantages of torsemide over other loop diuretics are unlikely to translate into a substantial edge in clinical outcomes, and in practice there may be no cost advantages. Although torsemide does not offer major advantages over other loop diuretics, it may be of benefit in patients who do not respond to or cannot tolerate other agents.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Loading ...
Support Center