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Q: A friend of mine in yeshiva was given a cold-preventing vitamin supplement called “Airborne Formula” which has no hashgachah. The supplement is dissolved in water and has a pleasant taste. This is obviously not a matter of pikuach nefesh, but my friend takes these Airborne tablets and we would appreciate knowing if he’s allowed to.

A: Airborne tablets contain a few ingredients which are kosher sensitive (i.e. they are possibly non-kosher), and therefore you may not mix it with water and consume it as an edible beverage. If you feel the tablet will provide health benefits, Rav Schwartz recommends that you swallow it as if it was a standard inedible tablet (i.e. without chewing it and without mixing it with water).