Keep taking your regular medication.
If you take regular medication, it is important that you continue with that medication during this time
Your medication is important to manage your long-term medical condition like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
If your diabetes, blood pressure, heart disease and other long-term conditions are well controlled, your body will be better able to fight infections, including COVID-19.
There have been different messages in the media about medicines used for blood pressure, heart and kidney disease, and whether they are safe with COVID-19. All the information we have show’s us that its best to stay on your regular medicines.
Your medicines may still be changed over this next period of time but only if these are be part of your normal health care, to either better manage your long-term condition or stop you having side effects from medicines.
ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers
Medication for heart problems (particularly ‘heart failure’ heart disease), high blood pressure and protecting kidneys in people with diabetes.
This is a large group of medications used to treat high blood pressure, heart problems like heart disease or heart failure, and help treat or avoid kidney disease in people with diabetes.
Many whānau members in Aotearoa will be on this medication.
If you want to check if this is a medication you take, a full list of all the names is below.
There have been some messages out there, particularly on social media, about these medications making COVID-19 infections more severe.
At this time, there is NO evidence available that this is true.
Many doctors from across the world who look after hearts and kidneys have given this same advice about these medications.
These medications are important for both the heart and kidney and should not be stopped without talking to your doctor first.
While doctor clinics might seem closed, most are still available for phone appointments.
This group of medication is used to relieve pain and reduce inflammation, often used after injury or in arthritis. It is most commonly known as brufen or ibuprofen.
Some people choose to use these medications when they are sick, like a cold, because it can also help with fever.
There have been some messages out there, particularly on social media, that these medications can make COVID-19 infections more severe.
It is not clear where this information came from. There does not appear to be any clear evidence that these medications are bad for COVID-19 infections.
However, we would recommend that paracetamol (otherwise known as pamol, panadol, paracare, pacimol, paracare, parafast, paralgin, or rexidol), which isn’t a NSAID, is a better option as the first medication to take for pain or fever, if you are sick.
These NSAID medications should not be used by people with who are elderly, have renal problems, previous stomach bleeding, general bleeding problems, cardiac disease, and must not be taken by those with hypersensitivity to aspirin.
In Aotearoa this group of medicines can have many names including: acetec, apo-cilazapril, apo-cilazapril/hydrochlorothiazide, arrow-losartan & hydrochlorothiazide, arrow-quinapril, atacand, candestar, candesartan, captopril, cilazapril, cozaar, enalapril, entresto, erbumine, irbesartan, lisinopril, losartan, karvea, karvezide, perindopril, and renitec M, quinapril, valsartan, zapril
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID)
Medication used to reduce pain, inflammation or fever.
In Aotearoa this group of medicines can have many names including: brufen, brufen one, diclofenac, ibuprofen, fenpaed, i-profen, naprogesic, naprosyn, naproxen, nurofen, voltaren.
Less commonly used in this group include aclin, advil, apo-diclo, apo-mefenamic, arcoxia, arostea, arthrexin, berlind, celecoxib, celebrex, celostea, clinoril, daclin, diclohexal, etoricoxib, ibugestic, indometacin, indomode retard, ketoprofen, medix, mefenamic acid, melorex, meloxicam, mobic, noflam, oruvail, postan, rheumacin, sonaflam, sulindac, tenoxicam, tilcotil