Deprescribing Tools for Patients on Hemodialysis

What is Deprescribing?

Deprescribing is the planned and supervised process of discontinuing medications that may be causing harm or are no longer providing benefit.

Watch the video or download the pamphlet for more information!

Our research team created videos and printable handouts that explain how deprescribing works, and the benefits or risks of deprescribing each medication.

Ask your healthcare team which deprescribing tools are right for you. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before changing or stopping your medications.

How do I use the tools? What's inside?

Deprescribing information specific to your medication is available below in printable (PDF) or video formats (YouTube) and is free to view. For each medication, you will learn:

1.  What is the medication? Why should I stop or reduce the medication?

2.  How will I safely reduce or stop my medication?

3.  What symptoms should my healthcare team and I watch for?

4.  What should I do if my symptoms continue?

Alpha-1 Blockers

Common Names: Alfuzosin (Xatral®); Doxazosin (Cardura-1®); Prazosin (Minipress®); Silodosin (Rapaflo®); Tamsulosin (Flomax CR®); Terazosin (Hytrin®)


Common Names: Alprazolam (Xanax®); Bromazepam (Lectopam®); Chlordiazepoxide (Librium®); Clobazam (Frisium®); Clonazepam (Rivotril®); Clorazepate (Tranxene®); Diazepam (Valium®); Flurazepam; Lorazepam (Ativan®); Midazolam (Versed®); Nitrazepam; Oxazepam (Serax®); Temazepam (Restoril®); Triazolam (Halcion®)


Common Names: Gabapentin (Neurontin® or Auro-Gabapentin®); Pregabalin (Lyrica®)

Loop Diuretics

Common Names: Bumetanide (Burinex®); Ethacrynic acid (Edecrin®); Furosemide (Lasix®)

Prokinetic Agents

Common Names: Domperidone (Motilium®); Linaclotide (Constella®); Metoclopramide (Metonia®, Reglan®); Prucalopride (Resotran®)

Proton Pump Inhibitors

Common Names: Dexlansoprazole (Dexilant®); Esomeprazole (Nexium®); Lansoprazole (Prevacid®); Omeprazole (Losec®, Olex®); Pantoprazole magnesium (Tecta®); Pantoprazole sodium (Pantoloc®); Rabeprazole (Pariet®)


Common Names: Quinine sulfate (Qualaquin®)


Common Names: Atorvastatin (Lipitor®); Fluvastatin (Lescol®); Lovastatin (Mevacor®); Pravastatin (Pravachol®); Rosuvastatin (Crestor®); Simvastatin (Zocor®)

Urate Lowering Agents

Common Names: Allopruniol (Zyloprim®)

Please contact your doctor or pharmacist before changing or stopping any medications.