Headaches (migraines) and nausea are not uncommon during fast days. However, for many, the severity can be debilitating, says Rabbi Yaakov Michoel Hirschman, rosh kollel of Kollel Avreichim in Toronto.
With these sufferers in mind, the kollel has announced the availability of a specially formulated, non-prescription acetylsalicylic acid based, sustained-timed release capsule to alleviate unnecessary suffering.
Taken before a fast begins, the formulation of acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) (Advil and Tylenol formulas also available) is not released into the blood stream for approximately 12 hours. And, when the capsule begins working, it will effectively release and keep headaches and nausea at bay till the conclusion of the fast.
“Most importantly,” notes Rav Hirschman, “We are not required to have headaches and nausea on Tisha B’Av or Yom Kippur, which means the formulation can be taken with a clear conscience.”
According to Rav Hirschman, the formulation has been extremely popular since it was introduced by the kollel two decades ago – as numerous letters of approval bear testament, including one from the editor of Yated Ne’eman.
“What’s really surprising,” says Rav Hirschman, “is that the product works best for those with the severest symptoms.”