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COVID-19 and heart medications
heartfoundation.org.au|Helpline 13 11 12

COVID-19 and heart medications

It is more important than ever to maintain your treatment plan.

Key takeaways

You should maintain your current treatment and medication plan and continue taking your medicines as prescribed.

I heard reports that some blood pressure medications (known as ACE* inhibitors or ARBs**) increase your risk of COVID-19, should I stop taking these medications? 

There is no data to confirm the recent speculation about a link between these medicines and COVID-19 infection. Our advice is to continue to take all your medications, including your blood pressure medicines, as prescribed by your doctor. 

It’s understandable to feel concerned or anxious when there are reports about possible harms from medications. It’s important to talk to your doctor if you have concerns before stopping any of your medicines. 

*ACE inhibitor = angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor. **ARB = angiotensin receptor blocker. 

How can I access my prescription medicines without having to visit my pharmacy in person? 

Accessible from 16 March 2020, the Australian government has introduced a temporary COVID-19 Home Medicines Service which aims to support and protect the most vulnerable members of our community. 

People living with heart disease or people in home isolation will be able to order their prescription medicines remotely and have these items delivered to their homes to reduce their potential exposure to COVID-19. 

Some pharmacies will be utilising Australia Post to deliver medicines where appropriate. Contact your community pharmacy for more information on home delivery options. 

Should I be stockpiling my heart medicines? 

Stockpiling of any medicines is not recommended and could result in other people not receiving the medicines that they require. 

There are currently no critical shortages in common medicines used to treat heart disease. 

Some pharmacies have reported local pressure on some brands of cardiac medicines as some suppliers have temporarily run low on stock, but pharmaceutical companies are continuing to manufacture these drugs. 

There is no need to stockpile, your regular monthly supply is all you need. 

Get heart health information and support 

Get free, personalised information and support from the Heart Foundation Helpline. Translation and interpreter service is available.  

Call 13 11 12 or email health@heartfoundation.org.au 

For more information on COVID-19, visit the Department of Health website.  

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