Does Vitamin D (supplement form) give you a bad stomach ache?

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Posted: 3/7/2010 2:07:06 PM
I have been waking up with the worst pains in my stomach (upper abdomen) and I was starting to get really worried about it. I just realized that they coincide with my adding a vitamin D supplement before bedtime and am wondering if this is the cause. I'm not going to take it tonight and see how I feel in the morning, but just wondering if this might be the problem.

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Posted: 3/7/2010 2:08:12 PM
My Vitamin D says to take with meal. So yeah, it may be the cause of your stomach ache.

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Posted: 3/7/2010 2:58:32 PM
Try taking it in the morning with breakfast?

I take a large amount (50,000 units once a week) but I've never noticed that as a side effect. I take it at night. I've been taking it for months....


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Posted: 3/7/2010 3:11:46 PM
I take a 2,000 I.U. D3 in the morning right after a decent breakfast with no trouble. LOTS of vitamins and supplements make me nauseous if I don't take them with enough food...

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Posted: 3/7/2010 8:25:09 PM
Mine doesn't say anything about taking with meals (I take 5000 IU/day), but I do anyways, just because I take all my meds at the same time. I've had no stomach issues with it.


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Posted: 3/7/2010 9:17:02 PM
No probs here either. My doctor instructed me to take my Vit. D supplement with lunch.

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Posted: 3/7/2010 10:05:32 PM
i take 2,000 IUs as well... and i NEVER take it after 4 p.m....... doses of vitamins can keep you up at night! i try to take mine (along with iron and an allergy pill) after i've eaten lunch so my stomach doesn't get upset digesting just the pill(s).

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Posted: 3/7/2010 10:40:12 PM
The bottles say to be taken with a meal. I don't get a stomach ache but I have noticed when I take the ones made with cod liver oil I wake up in the am. Very achy. What kind are you taking? Are they the little gel ones or tablets? I have read online that some people get sick when taking the ones with cod liver oil.


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Posted: 3/7/2010 11:52:00 PM
I take 2 50,000 IU's a week of vitamin D. I have not noticed any stomach issues.

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Posted: 3/8/2010 12:33:52 AM
I'm taking one that I got at the drugstore. Nature Made? Something like that. Tablets, no cod liver oil.

I usually take my multivitamin at night because it makes me very nauseous. I added this one at the recommendation of my GYN. It is not nausea--it's a very sharp, unremitting pain. I took some Pepto, and it got about 80% better, but it's still hurting. I'm not going to take it tonight and will see how I feel tomorrow. If I feel better, I'll try taking it earlier with a meal.

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Posted: 3/8/2010 6:49:47 AM
I've been told that the tablets arent good-they aren't absorbed as well as the ones in or mixed with an oil. that might be part of the issue as well. I was told if you do take tablets take it with fish oil so that it can be absorbed


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Posted: 3/8/2010 7:53:21 AM
Kerry i hope not. I cannot take the ones with oil. I know others who switched and did fine. There Vit D levels still went up.

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Posted: 3/8/2010 8:41:24 AM
It could be something else in the formulation. Try another type/brand if taking it with a meal doesn't help.

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Posted: 3/8/2010 9:04:40 AM
I as on Vit D with a hormone for osteoparosis and couldn't tolerate it-abdo pain and diarrhoea. I never knew whether it as the Vit D or the hormone that caused it though. I had to discontinue as it made my IBD worse (which is what caused my osteoparosis in the first place!)

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