Chametz-Free Medications

  • IMPORTANT: No one should discontinue or avoid taking medications that have been prescribed to them without consulting their doctor and Rabbi.
  • Medication which tastes bitter when chewed is permitted.  However, one should not take a pill that contains chametz if there is a chametz-free alternative.
  • Liquid and chewable medications, as well as coatings of medications that contain chametz, should not be used.
  • Vitamins and food supplements that contain chametz should not be used.
  • Medicine containing kitniyot is permitted for someone who feels ill.
  • Products that are only permitted for medical reasons should be used in separate utensils.
  • The above guidelines do not address the question of consuming medicines on Shabbat or Yom Tov.

The following is a list of basic over the counter products that are chametz-free but may contain kitniyot.   The list does not verify the general kashrut of the medications.

Items must be in exact format as shown and exactly as named.

Chametz-Free MedicationsHIDDEN
Allergy and Cold & Cough ReliefHEADING
Advil Cold & Flu
Advil Cold & Sinus Plus
Advil Cold & Sinus Nighttime
Aerius
Allegra 12 Hour 60 mg tablet
Allegra 24 Hour 120 mg tablet
Allegra-D
Benadryl Liquid Elixir
Benadryl Allergy Caplets
Benadryl Extra Strength Nighttime Caplets
Benylin Cold and Sinus Plus+
Benylin Cold and Sinus Day/Night
Claritin Allergy+Sinus Tablet
Claritin Allergy+Sinus Extra Strength
Claritin Kids Syrup
Coricidin HBP Antihistamine Cough & Cold
Reactine Tablets
Reactine Allergy & Sinus
Sudafed Sinus Advance
Sudafed Head Cold + Sinus Extra Strength
Analgesics/Pain ReliefHEADING
Advil Tablets/Caplets
Advil Extra Strength Caplets
Advil Muscle & Joint
Advil - Pediatric Drops (All Flavours)
Advil - Children's Advil (All Flavours)
Advil - Junior Strength Swallow Tablets (NOT Chewables)
Aleve Caplets
Anacin
Aspirin Regular Strength Tablets/Caplets
Aspirin Extra-Strength Tablets
Aspirin Stomach Guard Extra Strength
Aspirin Stomach Guard Regular Strength
Midol PMS Complete
Midol Menstrual Complete
Midol Teen Complete
Motrin IB Regular Strength
Motrin IB Extra Strength
Motrin IB Super Strength
Motrin Suspensions and Concentrated Drops
Tempra Syrup
Tylenol Regular Strength Caplets/Tablets
Tylenol Extra Strength Caplets
AntacidsHEADING
Alka-Seltzer
Pepcid AC
Pepcid AC Maximum Strength
Pepcid Tablets
Zantac
Anti-DiarrheaHEADING
Imodium Caplets
Pepto-Bismol Liquid
Pepto-Bismol Liquid Extra Strength
Anti-NauseaHEADING
Diclectin
Gravol Filmkote Tablets
LaxativesHEADING
Benefibre (Canadian version only) (The US version of Benefiber is chametz)
Metamucil Original Coarse Powder (non-kitniyot)
Also acceptable with Non-Medicinal Ingredient: sucrose
RestoraLAX
Phillips' Milk of Magnesia Original
Senokot Tablets
Senokot•S
Prenatal VitaminsHEADING
PregVit
PregVit Folic 5