Pharmacology of Thiazide Diuretics

Mechanism of Action:

Thiazide diuretics act primarily on the distal convoluted tubule (DCT) in the kidneys. They inhibit the sodium-chloride symporter, leading to a decrease in the reabsorption of sodium and chloride ions. This results in increased excretion of water, sodium, and chloride, thereby reducing blood volume and blood pressure.

Thiazide Diuretics MOA
#Thiazide Diuretics MOA


  • Absorption: Generally well-absorbed orally.
  • Distribution: Widely distributed in the body; some are protein-bound.
  • Metabolism: Minimal liver metabolism.
  • Excretion: Primarily renal excretion.

Drug Examples:

  • Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ): Most commonly used; often combined with other antihypertensive agents.
  • Chlorthalidone: Longer-acting, often used for hypertension.
  • Indapamide: Also has vasodilatory properties.

Clinical Use:

  1. Hypertension: First-line treatment for many cases.
  2. Mild Heart Failure: Used in combination with other drugs.
  3. Edema: Less potent than loop diuretics but still effective.
  4. Kidney Stones: Can help prevent calcium-based kidney stones.

Side Effects:

  • Hypokalemia: Low potassium levels
  • Hyponatremia: Low sodium levels
  • Hypercalcemia: High calcium levels
  • Hyperglycemia: High blood sugar levels
  • Hyperlipidemia: High lipid levels

Drug Interactions:

  • ACE Inhibitors: Increased risk of hyperkalemia.
  • Digoxin: Increased risk of digoxin toxicity due to hypokalemia.
  • NSAIDs: Reduced diuretic effect.


  • Severe renal impairment.
  • Known hypersensitivity to thiazides or sulfonamides.
  • Anuria (absence of urine production).

Understanding the pharmacology of thiazide diuretics is essential for healthcare providers to effectively treat conditions like hypertension and mild heart failure while minimizing side effects.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice. Always consult with a healthcare professional before making any decisions related to medication or treatment.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of a healthcare provider with any questions regarding a medical condition.

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