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

Then STOP taking the medicines listed below. Restart when you are well (after 24-48 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

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

Metformin: a medicine for diabetes

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

Patient information leaflets

Below is a list of leaflets on different medications you may have been prescribed for your heart condition.

If you have any further questions, please ask a member of the team.

ACE Inhibitiors (276kb)
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Aldosterone antagonists (276kb)
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Beta-blockers (276kb)
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Sartans (Angiotensin-II
receptor antagonists)
(276kb)
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