Bumetanide is nearly totally absorbed from the gastro-intestinal tract. After peroral administration, a bioavailability of between 80-95% is observed. Diuresis begins within ½-1 hour with a peak effect between 1 and 2 hours. The diuretic effect lasts up to about 4 hours. Bumetanide is eliminated with half-life ranging from between 1 to 2 hours after oral administration of a dose of -2 mg. It is strongly bound to plasma proteins and renal excretion of unchanged drug accounts for about half of the total clearance. The hepatic metabolism and biliary excretion accounts for the other half. The primary metabolites are conjugated alcohols of bumetanide. No active metabolites have been found. Bumetanide has a steep dose response curve.