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How can I take vitamins and supplements without getting an upset stomach?

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy
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Some supplements can upset your stomach. Iron supplements are especially likely to do this. If you have been prescribed iron supplements by your doctor, the supplements may come with a recommendation that you take them on an empty stomach, which helps your body absorb more iron. But some people can't do that without getting an upset stomach, so it may be better to take them with meals. Other supplements, such as calcium, on the other hand, are best taken with food.

In general, follow the instructions that come with your supplement, such as drinking enough water. If your supplement continues to upset your stomach, stop taking it. If you are taking it for a medical reason, let your doctor know it's causing you discomfort. He or she may be able to prescribe an alternative that is easier on your stomach.

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