Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sleeping Pills on Shabbat

Sleeping Pills on Shabbat
Day: Sunday
Date: June 28, 2015
Parshat: Balak
Yalkut Yosef: 328

A person who started taking a medication before Shabbat may continue to take it through Shabbat if not doing so will cause him pain or will damage his health. On Yom Tov there is no prohibition against taking pills. Therefore it is permissible for a person to take Advil or Tylenol on Yom Tov even if he has only a slight headache. A person who cannot sleep without sleeping pills may take them on Shabbat. On the flip side, it is permissible to take caffeine pills in order to keep oneself awake, especially if his intent is to stay up and learn or do a mitzvah.

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