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09-01-2010, 08:20 AM
Can someone suggest a multi-vitamin that won't nauseate me?

I've taken vitamins on and off (mostly off) throughout my life, but in the past couple of years I've developed a problem - about 15-45 minutes after taking the vitamin, I get seriously nauseated and very uncomfortable. I'm not sure what's causing this but it makes me not want to take my vitamin.

Currently I'm taking One a Day for women, but this has also happened with Centrum and store brands. I take the vitamin with breakfast, but it's also happened when I tried taking it with dinner.

I would be willing to try a more expensive brand, but I'd rather not pay a ridiculous price for "premium" vitamins.

I do try and eat a balanced diet, plenty of fruit and vegetables, but I'd still like to take a multi to cover my bases, especially with my weight loss. The last time I stopped taking the vitamin, I felt like I lost more hair in the shower . . . that could totally be unrelated, of course, but I figure as long as I'm not OD'ing on something, it can't hurt to take a vitamin! :)


09-01-2010, 08:33 AM
I get nauseated also! Its terrible. I've found the only way to eliminate that is to eat before hand and take it with food. Or take a little bit of food and then drink a ton of water after you take the vitamin. I have never found a vitamin that doesn't make me feel sick. Even my prenatals made me sick.

09-01-2010, 09:54 AM
I have that problem too! I also take one a day for women. I've found it doesn't happen though, if I take it with a meal (problem is for me I'm not a breakfast person so I usually take it on am empty stomach...BAD!).

I keep thinking that I need to try taking it in the evening, maybe with dinner as opposed to trying it in the morning.

09-01-2010, 10:05 AM
You might try two chewable children's vitamins or taking a vitamin without iron and increasing your iron intake in your diet.

I would continue to take whatever vitamin you try with food though.

Good luck finding one that works for you!

09-01-2010, 10:54 AM
Ugh, I threw up once after taking a multivitamin on an empty stomach.
Have you tried taking it at bedtime? I've heard that recommended before.

09-01-2010, 12:03 PM
I take One a Day Weightloss Avdvanced. I take the pill and then eat after. I've taken it after I eat and I get a little queasy if I do that. So maybe switch the order you're taking it??? Also sometimes if I eat something not filling it still makes me wanna hurl (like fruit). Oddly enough the Quaker granola 90 calories bars keep me from getting sick but not fruit and various other foods that I eat more of....I dunno. I guess my point is you should maybe alter when you take the vitamin vs. food and also maybe what you eat with it. Good luck!

09-01-2010, 01:12 PM
If I take my vitamin in the morning, I get so nauseated it ruins the whole day. I tried to take it with dinner, but kept forgetting. So now I take it at bedtime with water just after brushing my teeth. I go to bed and if I get nauseated I don't know because I'm asleep! I also take other supplements, including niacin per doctor's request and often times THAT one will wake me up with flushing (kind of like a hot flash) but most of the time I sleep through that, too.

09-01-2010, 01:29 PM
Thanks for all the advice and thoughts.

My breakfast is pretty substantial, but maybe I'll try taking it before I eat, instead of after. I've never tried that before.

OnTarget - I didn't know iron could be a problem? Is that what's making me nauseated?

I don't really want to take the vitamin at bedtime. Everything I've ever read says you should take a vitamin with food to get the most out of the fat-soluable vitamins, but I don't eat after dinner and certainly wouldn't even like eating at bedtime - I've never been a midnight snack type of person.

I'll see what happens tomorrow!

09-01-2010, 04:01 PM
seriously, look for vitamins that have a coating to them. If they don't have it then it will make you nauseous. One-a-day doesn't have the coating. It'll say if its coated or not on the bottle.
I've been taking OneSource, it has the coating and I haven't gotten sick once.

09-01-2010, 07:19 PM
Try taking it before breakfast, if that doesn't help then maybe you can try cutting it in half and taking half with breakfast, and the other half with dinner.

Suzanne 3FC
09-01-2010, 08:05 PM
Nausea is a common side effect of iron supplements. Other side effects can include constipation or diarrhea.

Have you had bloodwork done lately? It's possible, maybe even probable, that you don't need an iron supplement.

09-02-2010, 10:36 AM
I tried the vitamin before breakfast this time, but unfortunately that didn't help the nausea.

I'll look for a coated vitamin, any recommended brands?

It's my multivitamin that's causing the problem, but I checked and it does have 100% RDA of iron. If it's the iron that's the issue, does anyone know if there's an iron-free multi out there?

09-02-2010, 05:23 PM
"OnTarget - I didn't know iron could be a problem? Is that what's making me nauseated? "

I see that Suzanne also responded but I wanted to answer you. It has been my experience that iron can be troublesome to the stomach and GI tract for some people.

I would try a vitamin without iron and just be sure to eat plenty of iron rich foods.

Here is a list:

* Red meat
* Egg yolks
* Dark, leafy greens (spinach, collards)
* Dried fruit (prunes, raisins)
* Iron-enriched cereals and grains (check the labels)
* Mollusks (oysters, clams, scallops)
* Turkey or chicken giblets
* Beans, lentils, chick peas and soybeans
* Liver
* Artichokes

And here's a tip: If you eat iron-rich foods along with foods that provide plenty of vitamin C, your body can better absorb the iron.

If dropping the iron from your vitamin helps with the nausea then you have found your culprit.


09-02-2010, 05:27 PM
I would recommend asking at your local health food store.

I know there are several products out there without iron. Natrol makes one I know.

09-09-2010, 10:14 PM
I only realized after my children were born that the "morning sickness" that miraculously started the day after I found out I was pregnant, caused day-long nausea, and lasted for the rest of the 9 months was caused by taking my pre-natal vitamin in the morning on an empty stomach. I'd suggest taking them with a full meal!!

09-20-2010, 04:02 PM
I used to become nauseous after taking a multivitamin, until I stared taking Liquid Softgel multivitamins.

09-20-2010, 09:09 PM
I have the same problem - I tend to take vitamins at night, right before bed and that seems to work better for me~

09-26-2010, 01:13 AM
I have this problem with One a day, Centrum, and a few others. For me, it isn't the iron. I tend to be low. The nausea is by far the worst I've ever experienced though. I took children's for the longest time, but picked up Solaray Spectro from Whole Foods Market at the suggestion of a friend. It's a lot of capsules to take, but they don't make me feel even the slightest bit ill. Six capsules - I do split them up and take 3 in the morning and 3 in the evening.

01-25-2011, 11:22 AM
This happens to me too! It's the iron!!

I was taking one-a-day for women. Switched to the Target brand generic form of Centrum Silver for men (nevermind that I'm a 24 year old lady). It has no iron and has proved to be SO MUCH BETTER.

Check it out, they're cheap!

Tea Granny
01-25-2011, 11:28 AM
It was happening to me too, I actually ate breakfast, took my vitamins, went to gas up the car and ended up vomiting into the garbage can by the gas pumps - charming - I went and got some vitamins at the Health Food Store - 2 reasons 1) less fillers 2) if I saved the receipt I could return them if they made me sick. They don't bother me at all - it's often not the iron but the non-medicinal non-vitamin stuff that they put in regular vitamins. WELL worth the extra money for fancy vitamins and supplements :) Good Luck! :)

01-25-2011, 12:07 PM
JenMusic, I can HIGHLY recommend Source of Life vitamins. I take the "mini tabs" which are smaller than the standard ones which makes them easier for me to swallow. I have an extremely sensitive stomach and prior to these vitamins, medications, etc. always made me nauseous. Here's a little blurb about them:

Source of LifeŽ is an incredible nutritional breakthrough which emulates nature's wholesome goodness with a powerful blend of nutrients. With its powerful, revitalizing, energy-giving ingredients, Source of LifeŽ is no ordinary multi-vitamin. And, with Source of LifeŽ, you will experience a "Burst of Energy" and "The Feeling of Nutritional Well-Being." Source of LifeŽ has a perfect blend of vitamins, minerals, lipids, bioflavonoids, enzymes, plant pigments, amino acids, nucleic acids and herbs. Whole brown rice, spirulina, bee pollen, young barley leaves, sunflower oil, carrots and black currant seeds are other ingredients which offer the most health-giving, life-supporting nutrients. All these have been ingeniously combined in this formula to create powerful, synergistic effects that will result in a "Burst of Energy" you'll want to experience every day!

You can get these at any most any health food store. Also, if you visit the company's website sourceoflife dot com you can request a free sample, which may be a good way to see if they will work for you. BTW, I also have my daughter on the Source of Life Power Teen vitamins and my son takes the children's chewables. It's a great product.

01-31-2011, 05:07 PM
I use Rainbow Light vitamins from Target. They don't have the coating over them and the coating is what makes people nauseous most of the time. I used to get stomachaches from certain multi-vitamins, but I've been perfectly fine after using these.

Cucumber Blossom
02-02-2011, 02:45 AM
JenMusic I too had that problem, until my sister told me that I needed to eat food and digest it 1st before taking my vitamins, so now after eating, I wait about 30 minutes before taking my vitamins. This has helped me a lot.

02-04-2011, 01:22 PM
I take the gummy vitamins for adults- no problems with nausea or anything.

02-04-2011, 02:24 PM
I cannot believe that no one has mentioned this at this point.... GUMMY VITAMINS!!! I always get sick if I try to take a multivitamin... so I switched to Vitacrave ADULT gummies... they aren't just for kids! I also have chocolate chews for calcium/vitamin D and Vitamin B-12 gummies for when I need energy or need to prevent a hangover, haha.

02-06-2011, 10:21 AM
I also take the gummy vitamins and a calcium chew, along with a green tea capsule when I remember. I also experienced near-vomiting amount of nausea after taking pill form multivitamins, not to mention the way they taste when you're trying to swallow them. Ugh.

02-18-2011, 01:19 PM
I use Rainbow Light vitamins from Target. They don't have the coating over them and the coating is what makes people nauseous most of the time. I used to get stomachaches from certain multi-vitamins, but I've been perfectly fine after using these.

I order Rainbow Light online. My doctor and nutritionist both said that the nausea comes from synthetic vitamins (One A Day, Centrum, etc) and that food-based vitamins are gentler on the stomach. I used to vomit from the synthetics until I switched to food-based over a year ago. I haven't had any problems since.