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Rabbi Chaim Tabasky

Sivan 26, 5768
Question
I have arthritis and have severe pain in my joints there is a supplement glucosamine w/ingredients which are from sea animals that are not Kosher like shrimp. Can meds like this be taken since they are not tasted or eaten but go directly into the blood stream? The supplement i take now helps but not that much.
Answer
In the case of medicines that give relief, but are not life saving, it is best to find a kosher alternative. If there is none, the medicine (or supplement) may be taken if it has no taste and is swallowed without chewing (as a pill).
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