Medicine Sick Day Rules
When you are feeling unwell and experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- vomiting or diarrhea (unless only minor),
- fever, sweats, and shaking,
it is important to follow the Medicine Sick Day Rules. These rules will guide you on which medications to stop taking temporarily and when to restart them after your recovery. If you have any doubts or questions, please reach out to your pharmacist, general practitioner (GP), or nurse for further guidance.
During your illness, it is crucial to stop the following medications listed below. However, remember to restart them only after you have fully recovered and have been eating and drinking normally for a period of 24 to 48 hours.
Medicines to Stop on Sick Days
(Angiotensin II receptor blockers)
Oral NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
High dose aspirin
Diuretics (commonly known as "water pills")
Some Diabetes Medicines
Remember, if you have any uncertainty about whether or not to stop taking a specific medication, it is best to consult your pharmacist, GP, or nurse for further guidance.
Your healthcare provider can provide personalised advice based on your specific circumstances and medical history.