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Use of Alcohol in Medication

Q:

I was diagnosed with severe hyperthyroidism last year. I started medication for it, which you have to take atleast 12 to 18 months. However, as my health got better I stopped taking the medication. The medication (Neo mercazole) had severe side effects on me; like headaches, hair loss, fatigue, and body pain. A week ago I did my thyroid test and again shows that I have to start the medication again. This I don't want to do, as it will again result in me suffering from the side effects. After researching herbal alternative I came across Thyroid Calming (by Herb Pharm) with really good online reviews. However, this products contains cane alcohol. Kindly, let me know as this would be permissible in my case.

A:

Waalykum salam 

 
Thank you for your question and sorry to hear about your medical condition. 
 
I cannot comment on the medication and also don’t know the % of alcohol in the mentioned medication. 
However pls see the following link (Q&A no.8) for an answer by Sayyid Sistani  to a similar Question: 
 
https://www.sistani.org/english/qa/01123/
Answer: The drink that is made from barley and called "Fuqa' in Arabic is definitely forbidden and Najis (ritually impure) as an obligatory precaution.This drink is not intoxicant normally but it makes one feel tipsy; that is a state of slight drunkenness caused apparently by low percentage of alcohol in the liquid.
www.sistani.org
Kind regards, InshaAllah you feel better 
 
Naajiya Jaffery