This year the holy month of Ramadan spans from June 7 to July 7. This is a time of fasting, prayer, and charity during which many Muslims will not ingest anything between dawn and sunset. This includes food, drink, and medications.
Though Muslims who are sick or have a chronic health conditions are exempt from Ramadan, many still choose to fast. Thus, pharmacists may be required to adjust medication schedules and dosage strengths for patients on oral medications, suppositories, or eye, ear and nose drops.
For specific suggestions, watch this video which showcases five facts pharmacists should know about Ramadan.
Healthcare providers can also download this infographic to display in their practice setting: Ramadan 5 Facts (PDF)
More information on Ramadan and medications can be found here:
- Diabetes and Ramadan Practical Guidelines (PDF)
- American Diabetes Society's Recommendations for Medication Management during Ramadan
These informational pieces are part of the 5in5 Project, an educational campaign led by Assistant Professor Kelly Grindrod. The Ramadan pieces were created in collaboration with graphic designer Adrian Poon and Assistant Professor Wasem Alsabbagh.