Demadex, a type of diuretic, is prescribed to treat high blood pressure and water retention. By increasing the amount of water and salt removed from the blood and causing a decrease in blood volume, the medication can help with water retention and reduce blood pressure. Demadex comes in tablet form and is also available as a generic. Potential side effects include indigestion, nausea, and irregular heart rhythms.
What Is Demadex?Demadex® (torsemide) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat high blood pressure and fluid retention. It is part of a class of medicines known as diuretics.
Who Makes It?Demadex is made by Hoffmann-La Roche. Generic versions are made by several manufacturers.
- Controlling high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Treating water retention (edema) due to several causes, including congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, and kidney failure (renal failure).
How Does It Work?Demadex is a diuretic, which is commonly referred to as a "water pill." Specifically, the medication is known as a "loop diuretic," named after the part of the kidneys it affects (the loop of Henle). It works by increasing the amount of salt and water the kidneys remove from the blood. This extra salt and water is passed out through the urine. By increasing the amount of water removed from the blood, Demadex causes a decrease in blood volume. As a result, the drug can lower blood pressure and can also help with water retention.