Praise be to Allaah.
It is not permissible to mix medicines with alcohol,
because alcohol must be thrown away. It was narrated that Abu Sa’eed
al-Khudri said: We had some wine belonging to an orphan, and when
al-Maa’idah was revealed (i.e., the prohibition of khamr or alcohol), I
asked the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon
him) about it and I said, “It belongs to the orphan.” He said: “Pour it
Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 1263; classed as saheeh by
al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.
If the medicine is mixed with alcohol, and the percentage
of alcohol is so great that this medicine is intoxicating, then it is khamr
and it is haraam to take it.
If the percentage of alcohol is very low and it does not
intoxicate, then it is permissible to take it.
It says in Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah (22/110):
It is not permissible to mix medicines with intoxicants,
but if it is mixed with alcohol, if drinking a lot of it will cause
intoxication, it is haraam to handle it and drink it, whether a small amount
or a large amount. If drinking a lot of it will not cause intoxication, then
it is permissible to handle it and drink it. End quote.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said:
With regard to some medicines that contain alcohol, if
the effect of the alcohol in the medicine can be seen in the form of
intoxication, then it is haraam, but if no effect is seen, and the alcohol
is only added to it as a preservative, then there is nothing wrong with it,
because the alcoholic content does not have any effect. End quote.
Liqaa’aat il-Baab il-Maftoohah,