Thursday, June 25, 2015

Taking Pills on Shabbat

Taking Pills on Shabbat
Day: Thursday
Date: June 25, 2015
Parshat: Hukat
Yalkut Yosef: 328

It is permissible for a Holeh She'en Bo Sakana to take pills or use other medications on Shabbat. However, a person who is well but just doesn't feel 100% may not do so. As mentioned previously, if a person is suffering from a very strong headache or stomachache he may also take something to help it. A person who is allowed to take medications may not be strict on himself and not take them since by doing so he is preventing himself from having Oneg Shabbat, a very important component of Shabbat. When taking pills on Shabbat it is permissible to tear the foil backing even where there are letters. However it is better not to tear the letters.

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