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Sick from Multivitamin? Is that possible?

So... I've been taking a multivitamin for at least a year or two now, and I've never had a problem except for with the 'weight loss' vitamins (they made me queasy). I'm taking the same thing I've been taking for the past 6 months, and I bought a new container. Took it everyday for a week and was fine, but last Saturday I felt really sick... I ate breakfast, early, took my vitamin and a couple hours later got horribly sick. Then I was fine all day. I took my vitamin Sunday and felt terribly queasy, I also had eaten breakfast.

Is it possible that my multivitamin is making me 'sick'? Could I be having some type of reaction to something in it after taking it for so long? (It's a 'standard' multi with calcium, and it's approved- as much as supplements are- as having it's contents verified and such)... Suggestions?
I haven't taken it the past two days, and although I'm lacking on the energy front, I haven't been sick. I'm only 22 so I want to take something preferably with calcium, and I know my diet lacks a lot of the daily values I should have.
help please! :)


Tue. Nov 28, 8:58am

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1) Yes, any vitamins can make you queasy. Always take them with a meal.
2) Do you need to be taking a daily mulitivitamin? Most people do not. Eating a balanced diet is far better for you -- you want to be thinking about things like fiber as well as things like calcium.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 10:28 AM

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Since you've been taking the same brand of multi for so long and felt fine, I wonder if the manufacturer has changed suppliers or something has changed with one or more of the ingredients. Perhaps trying a different, but similar, brand for a while would give you more information about what is happening.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 1:23 PM

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I HAVE to take my multi with food or I get extremely sick. I have no idea why, so this is a great question.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 5:17 PM

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I usually take it with food or shortly thereafter, or else I'm definitely queasy. I do need to take a multivitamin... I'm lacking on some major nutritional areas and I've had deficiencies before... so it's a good thought, but with my life as it is at the moment, a multi is needed.

This was just the first time it actually made me sick, rather than queasy... interesting idea about a change in supplier. I might try to find another brand I like then... hmm.
Thank you! Any other ideas?

Tuesday, November 28, 2006, 5:27 PM

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Yes, I am nauseated after taking a vitamin. It's best to get vitamins that are made out of real food (I think solgar is) and take them with food.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006, 3:52 PM

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i take mine just before bed - a women's multi with calcium, iron, and folic acid. perhaps the iron is making you queasy? i take mine before bed so that i sleep through any ill effects.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006, 7:05 PM

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Later in the day

I second the above poster with the idea of taking it later in the day. I have bad reactions taking my vitamins in the morning, even with food at times, so I switched to taking them at dinner instead. No nausea!

Thursday, November 30, 2006, 11:14 AM

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I also have to take my MV with food, shortly before eating, or shortly after eating, if there is too much time between the time when I eat and take the MV I become extremely nauseous and hot all over and it's just no fun... good luck!

Thursday, November 30, 2006, 12:05 PM

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i get sick from green tea if I drink it on an empty stomach. Make sure to eat the vitamins with food- fruit preferably.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009, 10:31 AM

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is there a possibility that you could be pregnant? I used to take a multivitamin and when I got pregnant they started upsetting my stomache. Also I read somewhere that you should only take a multivitamin 4-5 times a week.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009, 11:48 AM

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I saw on Oprah that Dr. Oz actually recommends that you split your vitamin in 1/2 and take it on 2 separate occasions. His reasoning is that your body can only absorb so much at a time, and if you split it up, your body takes all of it in instead of wasting it. You could try that, and see how queasy you get from just 1/2 of one. Do I do this? No. :) But I thought it was a good idea. I take mine at night and have no problems.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009, 1:43 PM

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All MV's make me really sick - it doesn't matter what brand I try. I talked to my Doc about it and she suggested Flinstone's chewable children's vitamins. She said they have everything we need so that's what I take now. No sickness here! =)
If it keeps up maybe try that?


Tuesday, May 12, 2009, 4:00 PM

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Everytime I take a multivitamin I pick up a cold the next day!!! It's the weirdest thing!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009, 9:10 PM

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The multivitamin I take makes me poop very regularly. I used to discharge my bowels once every two or three days, now I poop at least once a day. In fact, I pooped twice today.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 4:34 AM

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Same thing happens to me the only time I can take them is lunch or dinner. Never after breakfast it make me really sick. I think centrum has a liquid vitamin that you can drink I want to try it and see how it makes me feel afterward s.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 7:31 PM

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