Medication changes during Ramadan

On 02 April 2022 by Droobi

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With so many people with diabetes choosing to fast during Ramadan, it’s critical that they consult their doctor to receive appropriate education and guidance on physical activity, food, glucose monitoring, and most importantly dosage and timing of medications. 

Because fasting requires a person to stay away from food and drinks from sunrise to sunset, that means a person cannot take their medication during the day as normal, so both the timing of their medication and dosage (amount) will likely be subject to change. That means every person must consult their doctor about what is the best medication schedule. Creating your own plan and following it may lead to serious complications. 

The advice that’s given generally to patients with diabetes is to take their medication between the evening meal of Iftar (sunset) and the morning meal of Suhoor (dawn).

As part of Ramadan preparations, we prepared a list of the Standard Changes for Different medication therapies for the most common medications based on guidelines from the American Diabetes Association and the International Diabetes Federation.

Table 1: Recommended dose changes and best timing for diabetes medication during Ramadan

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Table 2: Recommended changes among different types of insulin during Ramadan

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