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What is torsemide?

Torsemide is a prescription medication that's used to treat edema (swelling due to excess water in the body) that's caused by heart, liver or kidney failure. It can also be used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), either alone or with other medications. Torsemide is a type of medication called a loop diuretic, and it works by making the kidneys get rid of more water and electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium, than they normally do. It's available in both brand-name (Demadex) and generic versions.

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