Describe the pharmacology of frusemide.

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Most candidates presented a well-structured answer and provided a basic understanding. Answers that provided accurate indications and details of the mechanism underlying the actions of frusemide attracted more marks. Those recognising the increased delivery of sodium and chloride to the distal tubule (exceeding resorptive capacity) were awarded more marks that those answers that attributed the diuretic action solely to reduction in the medullary gradient. Frusemide has many potential adverse effects and a reasonable list was expected. Conflicting information was common (e.g. highly bound to albumin – Vd 4 L/kg) and better answers avoided this.

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