Kidney health: at home sick day advice HE2647

August 2023
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A memo style aid to provide advice about medicines that should be temporarily stopped during a dehydrating illness. General adult information, for use by health care professionals as an educational tool. A3 & A4 posters/leaflets. English.

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August 2023
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Are you sick?

You are sick or unwell when you:

  • Cannot eat or are "off your food"
  • Vomit/throw-up or have diarrhoea/watery bowels, over 2 times in a day
  • Are sweating or shaking due to a fever/high body temperature.

The days you are sick - stop taking these pills:

  • Diabetes - gliclazide, glipizide, empagliflozin, metformin
  • Blood pressure or heart condition - pills ending in "pril or "sartan" like: ramipril, quinapril, perindopril, lisinopril, enalapril or losartan, candesartan, valsartan, Entresto
  • Diuretics or "water tablets" - furosemide, chlorthalidone, indapamide, spironolactone, bendroflumethiazide, bumetanide
  • Anti-inflammatory painkillers - ibuprofen, voltaren, celecoxib, naproxen.


Unsure of your medication names or need blister pack advice? 

Call a nurse, doctor or pharmacist for help.


  • Avoid dehydration. Sip water, at least 100mls every 1-2 hours.

If you have diabetes - measure your blood sugars at least 3-5 times a day. If 3 or more blood sugars in a row are higher than 20 or lower than 4, call your nurse or doctor for advice.

Have you recovered?

You have recovered when your eating and drinking returns to normal or nearly normal, this is when you:

  • restart your medications and take your pills as normal.

If you have been sick and not eating or drinking for 2 or more days, call your nurse or doctor

If you are very sick or unwell, call 111 and ask for an ambulance