Medications advice and information

The pharmacy department at The James Cook University Hospital has a medicine helpline for use if you have any questions or concerns about your medicines. The number is 01642 854741.

The helpline can assist with information such as:

  • How and when should I take my medicine?
  • Can I take other medicines with them?
  • Can I drink alcohol with my medicines?
  • What problems might my medicines cause?

This service is available between 10.30am and 12.30pm and 2pm and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Please consult your GP or community pharmacist for information concerning prescriptions from your GP.

Medicine sick day rules

If you are unwell with any of the following:

  • Vomiting or diarrhoea (unless only minor)
  • Fevers, sweats and shaking/ shivering

Then STOP taking the medicines listed below. Restart when you are well (after 24 to 48 hours of eating and drinking normally).

  • ACE inhibitors: medicine names ending in “pril” eg perindopril, ramipril, lisinopril
  • ARBs: medicine names ending in “sartan” eg, candesartan, losartan, valsartan
  • Sacubitril/Valsartan – also known as Entresto
  • Diuretics: sometimes called “water pills” eg, furosemide, bumetanide, indapamide, bendroflumethiazide, metolazone
  • Eplerenone, spironolactone: medicines for heart failure
  • NSAIDs: anti-inflammatory pain killers eg, ibuprofen, diclofenac, naproxen- (often these should not be taken by people with heart failure)
  • Metformin: a medicine for diabetes
  • Sodium glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors: eg Dapagliflozin , Empagliflozin

If you are in any doubt, contact your pharmacist, GP or nurse.