Ramadan and Medication

for Muslims the holy month of Ramadan is a time of fasting prayer and charity during Ramadan Muslims do not ingest anything from dawn to sunset including food drink and medications here are five things healthcare providers should know about Ramadan first off the timing of Ramadan changes every year when the holy month of Ramadan falls in the summer the fast can be as long as 15 hours a day healthcare providers may need to adjust the timing of oral medications suppositories and I hear and nose drops so they can be taken after the Sun has set and before the dawn inhalers and injections do not usually need to be changed second during the Ramadan fast people may drink less fluid than usual and their blood pressure medication doses may need to be reduced to avoid low blood pressure third people who get migraines should be careful to stay cool during the day avoid too much Sun and drink lots of fluid in the evenings they should also be careful to always take the pre-dawn meal longer-acting auntie migraine medications may also be needed fourth Ramadan is a celebration and many people with diabetes prefer to fast even though they are exempt health care providers may need to help people manage changes in blood sugar by adjusting medication doses and schedules finally Islam the religion of Muslims put safety first if someone cannot go safely from dawn to sunset without a medication they can speak with their Imam to find other ways to own a Ramada

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