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TORASEMIDE 5MG TABLETS

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Torasemide 5mg Tablets
Patient Information Leaflet
Please read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this
medicine
* Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
* If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
* This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It
may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
* If any of the side effects get serious or troublesome, or if you notice any
side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Your medicine is called Torasemide 5mg Tablets but will be referred to as
Torasemide throughout the rest of this leaflet.
Please note that the leaflet also contains information about other strengths
of the medicine, Torasemide 10mg Tablets.
In this leaflet:
1

What Torasemide is and what it is used for

2

Before you take Torasemide

3

How to take Torasemide

4

Possible side effects

5

How to store Torasemide

6

Further information

1

What Torasemide is and what it is used for

Torasemide contains a medicine called torasemide. This belongs to a group
of medicines called ‘diuretics’ or ‘water tablets’.
* Torasemide 5 mg tablets are used to treat high blood pressure
(hypertension).
* Torasemide 5 mg and 10 mg tablets are used to treat swelling caused by
too much water in the body (oedema).
The tablets work by making you pass more water (urine).

2

Before you take Torasemide

Do not take Torasemide if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to:
* Torasemide or any of the other ingredients of Torasemide (see Section 6:
Further information).
* Similar medicines called ‘sulphonylureas’. These are used to treat diabetes
(high blood sugar). These medicines include chlorpropamide,
glibenclamide, glipizide and tolbutamide.
Do not take Torasemide if any of these apply to you. If you are not sure, talk
to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Torasemide.
Do not take Torasemide if:

* You have kidney problems (renal failure).
* You have kidney problems that have been caused by medicines.
* You have liver problems.
* You have low blood pressure (hypotension).
* You have heart beat problems (cardiac arrhythmia).
* You are taking an antibiotic called an ‘aminoglycoside’ or ‘cephalosporin’

(for an infection). These medicines include streptomycin,gentamycin,
cephalexin and ceftriaxone. See the section on ‘Taking other medicines’.
* You are pregnant or breast-feeding a baby.See the section on ‘Pregnancy
and breast-feeding’.
Do not take Torasemide if any of these apply to you. If you are not sure, talk
to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Torasemide.
Take special care with Torasemide
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Torasemide if:
* You have low levels of potassium or sodium in your blood (shown in blood
tests).

* You have a low volume of blood (hypovolaemia).
* You have difficulty passing water (urinating).
* You have gout or high levels of uric acid in your blood.
* You have diabetes (diabetes mellitus).
If any of these apply to you, or if you are not sure,talk to your doctor or
pharmacist before you take Torasemide.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken
any other medicines.This includes medicines that you buy without a
prescription and herbal medicines. This is because Torasemide can affect
the way some other medicines work. Also some other medicines can affect
the way Torasemide works.
Do not take Torem if you are already taking an antibiotic called an
‘aminoglycoside’ or ‘cephalosporin’ (for an infection). These medicines
include streptomycin, gentamycin, cephalexin and ceftriaxone. If this applies
to you, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
It is particularly important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you
are taking any of the following medicines:
* Other medicines to treat high blood pressure.
* Medicines called ‘ACE inhibitors’ (used to treat heart disease).
* Medicines like digoxin or digitoxin (used to treat heart disease).
* Adrenaline (also called epinephrine) or noradrenaline (also called
norepinephrine). These are used to treat low blood pressure.
* Cholestyramine,or other ‘ion-exchange resins’ (used to treat high
levels of cholesterol in your blood).
* High doses of medicines called ‘salicylates’, such as aspirin.
* Medicines called ‘non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs’ (NSAIDs).
These include indomethacin and ibuprofen.
* Laxatives.
* Steroid medicines, such as hydrocortisone, prednisolone and
dexamethasone.
* Medicines to relax your muscles (muscle relaxants).
* Cisplatin (used to treat cancer).
* Lithium (used to treat mental health problems).
* Probenecid (used to treat gout).
* Theophylline (used to treat asthma).
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not take Torasemide if you are pregnant, might become pregnant or are
breastfeeding. This is because it is not known if Torasemide will affect your
baby.
Driving and using machines
You may feel dizzy while taking Torasemide. If this happens, do not drive or
use any tools or machines.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Torasemide
This medicine contains lactose, which is a type of sugar. If you have been
told by your doctor that you cannot tolerate or digest some sugars (have an
intolerance to some sugars), talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.

3

How to take Torasemide

Always take Torasemide exactly as your doctor has told you. You should
check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
High blood pressure
* The usual dose for adults and elderly people is between 2.5 mg and 5 mg
once a day.
Water retention (oedema)

* The usual dose for adults and elderly people is 5 mg once a day.
* Your doctor may increase the dose to 20 mg a day if needed.

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Torasemide 5mg Tablets
Patient Information Leaflet (continued)
If you take more Torasemide than you should
* If you take more Torasemide than you should, talk to a doctor or go to a
hospital straight away. Take the medicine pack with you.
* If you take too many tablets, you may pass a lot of urine, become sleepy,
or feel confused, faint or dizzy. You may also have stomach upset.
If you forget to take Torasemide
* If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember it.
* However, if it is nearly time for the next dose, skip the missed dose.
* Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If someone else takes your Torasemide tablets by mistake, they should talk
to a doctor or go to a hospital straight away.

5

How to store Torasemide

* Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
* This medicinal product does not require any special
storage conditions.

* Do not use after the expiry date which is stated on the bister label and

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carton. If your doctor tells you to stop using this medicine, take any
remaining medicine back to the pharmacist for safe disposal. Only keep
this medicine if your doctor tells you to.
If your medicine becomes discoloured or shows any signs of deterioration,
ask your pharmacist who will advise you what to do.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste.
Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required.
These measures will help to protect the environment.

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
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4

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Torasemide can cause side effects, although not
everyone will get them.
See your doctor as soon as possible if you get the following side
effects:
* Low levels of sodium or potassium in your blood. This may cause
headache, feeling dizzy, fainting, feeling weak, feeling sleepy, feeling
confused, a loss of appetite or cramps. Your doctor may change your dose
of Torasemide if this happens.
* Problems with your circulation or blood clots (these have only been seen
occasionally).
* Reduced numbers of red or white blood cells or platelets in your blood.
This may make you feel tired, get infections more easily, or bruise more
easily.
Other possible side effects:
Blood

* An increase in the levels of certain substances in your blood, including
sugar, uric acid and fats (lipids). Your doctor may do blood tests from
time to time to make sure that Torasemide is working safely.

Further information

What Torasemide contains
The active substance in Torasemide is torasemide.
Each tablet contains 5 milligrams of torasemide.
Other ingredients are lactose monohydrate, maize starch, colloidal silicon
dioxide and magnesium stearate.
What Torasemide looks like and contents of the pack
Torasemide 5mg tablets are white to off-white, round tablets marked
with C9 and break line on one side and BM on the other side.
Torasemide tablets are supplied in blister packs of 30 tablets.
Manufacturer and Licence Holder
This medicine is manufactured by MEDA Pharma GmbH & Co. KG,
Benzstrasse 1, 61352 Bad Homburg, Germany and procured from within the
EU and repackaged by the Product Licence Holder: Lexon (UK) Limited,
Unit 18, Oxleasow Road, East Moons Moat, Redditch, Worcestershire,
B98 0RE.

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PL 15184/1474

Revision date: 03/02/2015

Stomach and gut

* Stomach upset.
* Inflammation of the pancreas causing pain in the stomach (pancreatitis).
* Changes in how your liver is working (shown by blood tests).
Skin
* Skin rashes and itchy skin.
* Skin being more sensitive to the sun (photo-sensitivity).
Eyes and ears
* Blurred eyesight.
* Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and loss of hearing.
Other
* Feeling numb or tingling in the legs or arms.
* Dry mouth.
* Some people may have difficulty passing water (urinating).
If any of the side effects become serious or troublesome, or if you notice any
side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects, you can help provide
more information on the safety of this medicine.

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Is this leaflet hard to see or read?
Phone Lexon UK Limited
Tel: 01527 505414 for help.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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