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I need to take fiber and senna (a laxative) every day to help me process gluten, may I do so on Shabbos as well?


One may generally not take medications on Shabbos. For constipation, it would depend on the severity of it: if it’s not too severe, you can try taking it right before Shabbos and right after. Additionally, throughout shabbos you can try fiber-rich foods such as prune juice, chickpeas, beans etc., If it is severe to the extent that it’s hard to get around, you may take the actual medication.



ראה שו”ע אדה”ז שכח, יט בדין חולה שנחלש ממנו כל גופו. שם סעיף מג.

ומש”כ בסעיף מט לאסור משקה המשלשל, הרי”ז לאדם בריא ומשום שצער הוא לו, משא”כ בנדו”ד וכפשוט.




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