During Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims who are physically and mentally fit observe fasting. Fasting during Ramadan includes abstaining from drinking and eating between sunrise and sunset.

However, if you want to fast during Ramadan, and keep with your medicine schedule, you are advised to inform your doctors and pharmacists of your intention to fast.

Benefits of discussing medicine schedule before Ramadan:

  • Adjustments to your medication and therapies can be made.
  • Side effects and treatment failures, due to improper use of prescribed medications, can be avoided.

Medicine tips for chronic conditions during Ramadan

If you are taking regular, long term medications, you should confirm your Ramadan medication dosage with your doctors before the fasting month begins.

You must also be sure about when to take your medicine, particularly when the medicine is affected by food intake.

Medicine tips for acute (sudden) diseases during Ramadan

If you have acute (sudden) diseases such as flu or fever during Ramadan, you are under no compulsion to fast on the days you are ill and on medication. You may make up for the days you could not fast, after Ramadan.

Diabetes medicine during Ramadan (study)

In a study conducted by the National University of Singapore, it was found that the blood sugar levels of patients during Ramadan tend to be lower.

As such, the regular dose of diabetes medication during the fasting month may in fact be “too much”.

Dose adjustments may be necessary if you have diabetes, so that you will not suffer from symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia).​​

Read on to learn​ how your medication dosage might change during Ramandan​.

Ref: P16