The widely clinically used benzothiadiazines and high ceiling diuretics, such as hydrochlorothiazide, hydroflumethiazide, quinethazone, metolazone, chlorthalidone, indapamide, furosemide and bumetanide, contain SO2NH2 moieties acting as an effective zincbinding function in carbonic anhydrases (CAs, EC 188.8.131.52) inhibitors. These drugs were launched in a period when only isoform CA II was known and considered physiologically/pharmacologically relevant. Although acting as moderate-weak inhibitors of CA II, all these drugs considerably inhibit other CA isozymes known nowadays to be involved in critical physiologic processes, among the 16 CAs present in vertebrates. Some low nanomolar (or even subnanomolar) inhibitors against such isoforms were recently detected, such as metholazone against CA VII, XII and XIII, chlorthalidone against CA VB, VII, IX, XII and XIII, indapamide against CA VII, IX, XII and XIII, furosemide against CA I, II and XIV, and bumethanide against CA IX and XII. The X-ray crystal structure of the CA II – indapamide adduct was also reported recently, revealing interesting aspects useful for the drug design of CA inhibitors. It has also been proposed that the recently observed beneficial effect of indapamide for the treatment of patients with hypertension and type 2 diabetes might be due to its potent inhibition of CA isoforms present in kidneys and blood vessels, which would thus explain both the blood pressure lowering effects as well as organ-protective activity of the drug. Thus, these old drugs may be useful as leads for new applications.