Can I Prescribe Medication With Gelatin When a Less Efficacious Alternative is Available?

Shaykh Jamir Meah answers a question related to the permissibility of prescribing medication which contains gelatin.   Question: Salaam, I know it is haram to take medicine that has haram elements in it (like gelatin capsules) if there is a reasonable alternative (such as tablets). So as a muslim psychiatrist, many of our medicines have […]

Can I Treat My Istihada [Abnormal Bleeding] With Medicine Containing Unlawful Ingredients?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question:Assalam ‘aleykum, I suffer from persistent abnormal bleeding (istihaada), and would like to begin oral contraceptive pills. However, it is very difficult to find oral contraceptives without beef or pork ingredients. Would it be permissible to take the medication if it contained only beef ingredients? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa […]

Can I Take Non-Halal Medical Supplements?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: I hope this message reaches you well, inshallah. I am struggling with an array of digestive issues that stem from a decreased production of bile by my liver. There are bile supplements available on the market, however they are derived from a bovine source (e.g. ox bile). Is this […]

Can I Take Medicine With Unlawful Ingredients?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: I have an under active thyroid that may require hormone replacement. Would it be permissible for me to use a dessicated thyroid supplement from bovine sources (not halal) instead of the synthetic hormone (synthroid) replacement that is commonly prescribed. I have tried the synthetic hormone in the past but […]