- Is a Bracha Required in Various Situations?
When a person takes a prescrption orally with water, should the person say a Bracha ? Which is the most inspiring? Thank you
Shalom, When taking medicine in tablet form, the medicine is not considered as food, and therefore no bracha is said on it. The water used to wash it down is also not considered as food, and no blessing is said on it, as it is not being drunk in order to enjoy the water. This is only true of water - but other drinks used to wash down tablets need a blessing (shehakol) because of their taste, which is always considered as enjoyable. Even though no blessing is said on medicine, there is a prayer to be said - "May it be Your will, O Lord our G-d, that this treatment should be a healing one, because You are the priceless Healer" (see Shulchan Aruch Orach Haim,230,4) May you be blessed with good health.