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I have taken generic Torsemide & Bumex for BP. Cramping and…

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I have taken generic Torsemide & Bumex for BP. Cramping and dierrhea. Stop med and I'm A OK. What's up?

Doctor's Assistant: Is this consistent, or is there some fluctuation in blood pressure?

I have only taken one pill and this occurred. Without meds BP is high, difficult to treat. I would say no fluctuation in BP.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

I do have a history of being very sensitive to "sugar alcohol" that is put in sugar free gum? Cannot use. Ordinarily I do not have trouble with diarrhea.

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Medical
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Hello from JustAnswer. This is Dr. Love.

When this happens as an adverse effect from the first pill, it is typically due to a direct effect of the drug on the colon. Diarrhea and abdominal cramping are not common side effects to torsemide and Bumex, but they are reported.

When cramping or diarrhea happen with long term use of these diuretics, it is also possible that there could be an electrolyte imbalance, as these drugs can affect the levels of potassium, sodium, and magnesium. However, it is unusual for these electrolytes to be out of balalance quickly when the drugs are first started.

If you are this sensitive to toremide and Bumex, then you may do better with a different class of blood pressure medicines. Have you been tried on other blood pressure medicines in the past?

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Doctor: Dr. D. Love, Doctor replied 11 months ago

I have not heard back regarding what other blood pressure medicines have been tried. There are many different blood pressure medicines on the market and the decision of what to consider next would be guided by what medicines have already been tried, which is why I asked for that information. In general, though, it is better to change blood pressure medicines when the current blood pressure medicine is causing side effects.

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