FUROSEMIDE Synthesis, SAR, MCQ,Structure,Chemical Properties and Therapeutic Uses

FUROSEMIDE Synthesis, SAR, MCQ,Structure,Chemical Properties and Therapeutic Uses



IUPAC nomenclature

4-Chloro-2-[(furan-2-ylmethyl)amino]-5-sulfamoylbenzoic acid


  • Anthranilic acid derivative
  • Diuretics

Physiochemical Properties

1 Molecular weight 330.74 g/mol
2 Physical appearance White to slightly yellow crystalline solid
3 Melting point 206oC
4 Solubility Slightly soluble in water, chloroform, ether; soluble in DMF, methanol, acetone.
5 Octanol/water partition coefficient 2.03
5 Presence of ring Furan, phenyl
6 Number of chiral centers Not present



Mechanism of Action

  • Furosemide blocks the tubular reabsorpion of Na and Cl in the PCT and DCT, as well as in the thick ascending loop of Henle.
  • It competitively binds inhibits sodium-potassium-chloride cotransportors which are expressed along these tubules in the nephrons. This prevents the transport of Na ions from luminal side into basolateral side for reabsorption.
  • Due to this inhibition, there is increase in the excretion of water along with Na, Cl, Mg, Ca, H and K ions. There is decrease in the excretion of uric acid.
  • Furesimide also causes vasodilation which helps in treatment of acute pulmonary edema. Due to vasodilatory effects, it causes reduced responsiveness to vasoconstrictors such as angiotensin II and noradrenaline and there is decreased production of natriuretic hormones.
  • Drug also causes increased production of prostaglandins with vasodilating properties.
  • The MOA of the drug does not depend on inhibitory effects on carbonic anhydrase and aldosterone.


Structure Activity Relationship

General structure activity relationship of furosemide can be summarized as:.

  • It is derivative of anthranilic acid.
  • It is most active amongst other derivatives.
  • It is stronger acid than thiazide due to presence of free carboxyl group.
  • There is small change in furan ring, otherwise, the drug excreted out unchanged. [1]


Method of synthesis

i. 2,4-dichlorobenzoic acid is converted into 5-aminosulfonyl-4,6-dichlorobenzoic acid by reaction with chlorosulfonic acid followed by reaction with ammonia.

ii. Reaction of the above formed compound with furfurylamine produces furosemide.

Medicinal Uses

Furosemide is used for:

  • Treatment of edema related with CHF, liver cirrhosis, renal diseases.
  • Management of mild to severe hypertension
  • As an adjunct therapy in acute pulmonary edema 


Side Effects

Side effects of furosemide are:

  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Low blood sodium and potassium levels
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach cramps
  • Photosensitivity
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dry mouth
  • Dehydration
  • Allergic reactions
  • Fainting




Q.1 Match the following with correct SAR of the dihydropyridines calcium channel blockers –

i. Furosemide is derivative of A. Benzodiazepine derivative
ii. Compare with other thiazide, furosemide is B. Anthranilic acid derivative
  C. More acidic
  D. More basic

 a) i-A, ii-C

b) i-A, ii-D

c) i-B, ii-C

d) i-B, ii-D

Q.2 Correct sequence for the True/False for correct IUPAC names of the drug can be?

  • Furosemide: 3-(2-Methoxyethyl) 5-propan-2-yl 2,6-dimethyl-4-(3-nitrophenyl)-1,4-dihydropyridine-3,5-dicarboxylate
  • Ibuprofen: [2-(2,6-Dichloroanilino)phenyl]acetic acid
  • Timolol: allylmorphinan-3-ol
  • Sodium thiomalate: Sodium;2-hydroxybenzoate





Q.3 Molecular weight of drug furosemide is?

a) 330.74 gm/mol

b) 652.36 gm/mol

c) 142.45 gm/mol

d) 418.4 gm/mol

Q.4 Mechanism of action of furosemide includes?

a) Inhibition of sodium-potassium-chloride cotransportors

b) Conversion into nitric oxide

c) Inhibition of hydrogen-potassium pump

d) All of the above

Q.5 Which amongst the following is a therapeutic use of drug furosemide?

a) Treatment of edema related with CHF

b) Management of hypertension

c) As an adjunct therapy in acute pulmonary edema

d) As an anesthetic

Q.6 Which of the following drug and their classification are correct?

I.  Furosemide: Diuretics

II. Levorphanol: Cholinestrase inhibitor

III. Codeine: Antineoplastic drug

IV. Phenytoin: Anticonvulsants

a) I ,II, IV

b) II, IV

c) I, II, III, IV

d) I, III 

Q.7 Type of ring present in the structure of furosemide?

a) Furan

b) Pyridine

c) Pyrimidine

d) Pyridine





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[1] Lemke TL, Williams DA, editors. Foye’s principles of medicinal chemistry. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2012 Jan 24.

[2] Vardanyan R, Hruby V. Synthesis of essential drugs. Elsevier; 2006 Mar 10.

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