ATC Code C03CA04
Formula C16H20N4O3S
Molar Mass (g·mol−1) 348,42
Physical State solid
Melting Point (°C) 163–164
PKS Value 6,44
CAS Number 56211-40-6
PUB Number 41781
Drugbank ID DB00214
Solubility insoluble in water, sparingly soluble in ethanol


Torasemide is a diuretic medication used to treat fluid overload due to heart failure, kidney and liver disease, and high blood pressure. It belongs to the group of loop duiretics. However, it for the treatment of high blood pressure not first choice. Torasemide is taken by mouth or by injection into a vein.



Torasemide belongs to the loop diuretics and thus acts by increasing the sodium concentration in the medullary thick ascending loop of Henle by inhibiting the Na+/K+/Cl pump at the luminal cell membrane surface. As a result, more water is reabsorbed from the blood and excreted in the downstream portions of the nephron. The loss of volume lowers the blood pressure in the body.


Torasemide is the diuretic with the highest oral bioavailability even in advanced stages of chronic kidney disease. This is usually over 80%, regardless of the patient's condition. Torasemide is highly bound to plasma proteins. The bound portion usually accounts for over 99%. Torasemide is metabolized in the liver after which only 20% of the dose remains unchanged. Torasemide is metabolized via hepatic CYP2C8 and CYP2C9 mainly to 5 metabolites. Most of the given dose is excreted in feces (80%).

Drug interactions

Interactions may occur with drugs that are metabolized by the same enzymes ( CYP2C8 and CYP2C9) or with drugs that induce these enzymes.


Side effects

Loop diuretics, including torsemide, may decrease total body thiamine levels, especially in individuals with poor thiamine intake. This thiamine deficiency can worsen heart failure. It is therefore reasonable to either administer additional thiamine supplements or monitor blood thiamine levels in individuals treated with chronic loop diuretics.

Common side effects include headache, increased urination, diarrhea, cough, and dizziness. Other side effects may include hearing loss and low blood potassium and magnesium. Torasemide is a sulfonamide and therefore may cause allergic reactions. There may be uric acid retention, which promotes a gout attack. Furthermore, a decreased glucose tolerance occurs.

Use during pregnancy or lactation is not recommended.


  • Hypersensitivity
  • Renal failure
  • anuria
  • severe hepatic insufficiency
  • Hypokalemia
  • Hyponatremia

Toxicological data

LD50 (rat, oral): > 5000 mg-kg-1


  • PubChem
  • Drugbank
  • Aktories, Förstermann, Hofmann, Starke: Allgemeine und spezielle Pharmakologie und Toxikologie, Elsvier, 2017

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Markus Falkenstätter

Markus Falkenstätter

Markus Falkenstätter is a writer on pharmaceutical topics in Medikamio's medical editorial team. He is in the last semester of his pharmacy studies at the University of Vienna and loves scientific work in the field of natural sciences.

Mag. pharm Stefanie Lehenauer

Mag. pharm Stefanie Lehenauer

Stefanie Lehenauer has been a freelance writer for Medikamio since 2020 and studied pharmacy at the University of Vienna. She works as a pharmacist in Vienna and her passion is herbal medicines and their effects.

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