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Do I recite a blessing before taking oral medication?

Do I recite a blessing before taking oral medication?

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If the medicine has a good taste, such as flavored chewable pills,1 recite the shehakol blessing.2 Flavorless medicine, such as pills that you swallow, do not require a blessing—but we do say a prayer that the medicine should be efficacious:

יהי רצון שיהיה לרפואה

"May it be Your will that this medicine shall bring healing."3

No blessing is recited on water that you drink to swallow down the pill. If you are swallowing it down with a beverage other than water, then you do recite the appropriate blessing on that beverage. (Tip: recite the blessing, take a sip, swallow the pill and then drink it down with the rest of the beverage.)

Rabbi Eliezer Posner

Footnotes
1.

Flavored medicine also presents a Kashrut issue. Check with your rabbi if you are not certain whether your flavored medicine is kosher.

2.

Seder Birchat Hanehnin 7:8.

3.

Reshimot pamphlet 8.

Eliezer Posner is a former member of the Chabad.org Ask the Rabbi team.
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Anonymous January 25, 2017

what if the medicine is disgusting? Reply

Anonymous Allentown, PA December 27, 2011

Medication Blessing Is this the entire prayer or what one says after "baruch atah hashem elohanu"?

Also, I noticed a comment saying the person thought the prayer was longer. Is there a longer version of the prayer?

Lastly, could the full prayer (if it includes the typical start of a bracha) please be posted with vowels?

Thank you! Shalom! Reply

Menachem Posner for Chabad.org November 25, 2009

To Anon, We do not make an afterblessing on tasteless medicine or the water used to wash it down. Reply

anon November 25, 2009

anon what about the bracha for after? do i say borei nefashot? Reply

shari essex jct, vt November 1, 2008

medication brochah i was sure there was a longer prayer and one before then another after am i correct? Reply

Naftali Silberberg, Chabad.org Editorial Team July 14, 2008

Re: Transliteration Yehi ra-tzon she-yihi-yeh le-re-fu-ah. Reply

maya July 13, 2008

Is there a place we can get the transliteration of the prayer? Reply

Anonymous March 25, 2008

bracha for medicine I have 'asked the Rabbi' questions, but I didn't have this question, but when I saw it, I realized that, actually, I did want to know! And the yehi for refuah is helpful too! Reply

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