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Muktzeh Status of Medication


An ill person takes his liquid/tablet medication (with a very bitter taste; once a day dose) and forgets to put them away on shabbos leaving them on the table in his kitchen. On shabbos he has some unexpected guests and prefers that they don’t see the medication. Is he permitted to move the medication or are they considered מוקצה מחמת גופו and therefore they can only be covered?

Thank you.

A  medication which is not commonly taken by many people [like Tylenol] and is not needed to be taken on Shabbos, may in fact be muktzeh. One who needs to move them should only do so with a shinui [move with elbow into drawer] or טלטול מן הצד, to move the medication by means of another object.

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