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Antibiotic capsules

Fatwaa ID: 460

Question:
Assalamualaikum wrwb, is it permissible to take antibiotic capsules, or any capsules in general, which has gelatin (unsure what the gelatin is made from, pork/beef etc.) if you have no choice? Like the doctor won’t change the medicine from capsule to tablets since you already bought the medicine and because they would be prescribing extra medicine.

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

In principle, it is necessary to verify the source of the capsules. If it is from a non-halaal source, then it will not be permissible to consume it. There are alternatives available. As for the claim that you have no choice or that the doctor will not change it, I don’t believe that is true. Wrong medication can be overwritten. Likewise, they can have you bring the capsules back and exchange it for the tablets. I mention this through experience on multiple occasions. In the unlikely event that they actually do not give you capsules, then you may obtain vegan friendly capsules or similar alternatives and pour the medicine into that.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

07/02/1444 AH – 01/24/2023 CE | AML1-6958

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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