There are many questions in the Muslim community surrounding medication and Ramadan, as it’s not always known whether fasting on medication is permitted.
However, fasting on medication is, in fact, allowed during Ramadan, as long as this is prescribed or advised by a medical professional.
Anyone who takes medication regularly should be assessed by a doctor before partaking in the Ramadan fast. This is particularly important for people with diabetes or unstable chronic conditions. Your healthcare professional will be able to tell you whether you’re physically able to take part in the Ramadan fast, as well as inform you of any potential risks. Similarly, adjustments may need to be made to your medication in anticipation of the fast, and this should once again be reviewed once the fast ends.
If a medical professional advises you that it’s in your best interest not to observe the Ramadan fast, then it’s important to follow this advice. In this instance, you can still pay your dues to Allah (SWT) via Fidya.
Is it Permissible to Take Medicine While Fasting?
If you have a long-term health condition, it’s likely that you’ll be required to take regular medication. As someone with a chronic condition, you’re probably wondering, “can I take medicine while fasting?” and, “does taking medicine break a fast?” Well, if you’re someone who must rely on medication, Ramadan won’t stand in the way of you taking your medicine. Therefore, you can take medication when fasting as long as it’s essential.
What Medications are Allowed During Ramadan?
Typically speaking, the following medications won’t break your fast:
- Nasal sprays/drops
- Mouthwash, oral spray, or gargle
- Nitro-glycerine tablets that are placed under the tongue
- Injections - with the exception of intravenous feeding
- Substances absorbed into the skin (e.g., medicated plasters, patches, ointments, and creams)
- Ear and eyedrops
This list is not exhaustive. You should check with your local mosque about other medications that you may take during Ramadan.