Diuretics pp 141-172 | Cite as

Discovery and Development of Diuretic Agents

  • H.-J. Lang
  • M. Hropot
Part of the Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology book series (HEP, volume 117)


The history of diuretics goes back a long way. It is believed that paleolithic man discovered the caffeine-containing plants. Beverages containing caffeine were prepared from the seeds and bark of different plants. Xanthine derivatives and osmotic diuretics were also used due to their clinically important diuretic effects before the emergence of modern diuretics.


Loop Diuretic Ethacrynic Acid Aldosterone Antagonist Diuretic Effect Phenoxyacetic Acid 
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