Taking medication that contains alcohol

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Q: I suffer with gout and there is a Liquid Medication available (Lifetones Acid Clear) which contains Alcohol derived from Sugar Cane. 30 drops of the medication has to be taken in half a glass of water. Is it permissible to take this medication? The package insert states that the water can be boiled to 100 degrees Celcius and then the drops can be added to the boiling water therby evaporating the Alcohol, however while travelling this might not always be possible.


A: Look for other halaal alternatives to treat the problem. However, if there is no other halaal alternative available, then it may be used.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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