Think Kidneys: National Campaign

Your kidneys are important to your wellbeing, looking after your body through the production of urine to get rid of excess water and toxins.

Acute kidney injury is a sudden and recent reduction in a person’s kidney function. It is not caused from a physical blow to the kidney.

Think Kidneys is the NHS’s campaign programme for tackling acute kidney injury.

Our aims are to reduce avoidable harm and mortality associated with acute kidney injury, and to improve care for patients whether in hospital or at home.

Think kidney campaign have made an awareness video which can be viewed on the right 


If you are unwell with any of the following

  • Vomiting or diarrhoea (unless only minor)
  • Fevers, shakes and sweats

Then STOP taking the tablets listed below

Restart when you are well (after 24-48 hours of eating and drinking normally).


Medicines to stop on sick days

  • ACE Inhibitor: “ Pril” Ramipril, Lisinopril, Perindopril, Enalapril, Captopril.
  • ARB: “Sartan” Candesartan, losartan, Valsartan, Olmesartan, Irbesartan.
  • NSAIDs: “Anti inflammatory pain killer” Ibuprofen, Diclofenac , Naproxen
  • Diuretics: “sometimes called water pills” furosemide, spironolactone indapamide, Bendroflumethiazide Bumetanide
  • Metformin: A medicine for diabetes

If you are in any doubt, please contact your Pharmacist, GP or Nurse 

Published: Jul 13, 2021

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