Take all of your supplements at the same time or spread throughout the day?

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Posted 2/12/2013 by KristinL16 in NSBR Board

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Posted: 2/12/2013 7:31:04 AM
Let me start by saying that I am not good at taking medications and often forget. I got into the habit of taking my prenatal at night to avoid nausea and still take it. However, I now have several other things I would like to take but worry about taking them all at once (omega 3, vitamin d, selenium). Is there a better time of day to take these or is bedtime ok? Is it ok to take them at one time? Any other supplements I should add? . Thanks!

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Posted: 2/12/2013 7:38:57 AM
I take them all at once in the morning. I'd say the best thing to do is whatever works best for you and ensures you are taking them. if that means all at once or breaking it up-only you can decide. you also need to consider whether they upset your stomach when you are figuring out timing-maybe you need to eat first.

I find it easiest to just make it part of my wake up routine and it's usually the first thing I do after I take a shower


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Posted: 2/12/2013 7:39:30 AM
I take all of mine in the morning just before breakfast. Just one big handful, down the hatch. If I don't take them all at once I know I'd forget some.


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Posted: 2/12/2013 7:59:09 AM
I have no idea but wanted to just mention this: if you are taking extra iron, do not take it with your multi (if your multi has calcium) or with your extra calcium...the calcium will block absorption of the iron (or the other way around, I forget). I only know this because it's one of the things the dietician pounded into my head following my weight loss surgery.

I am supposed to take vitamins three times a day so I can totally relate.

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Posted: 2/12/2013 8:01:02 AM
Some supplements should not be taken together. They won't kill you, but they will not work as planned. I don't have the list at hand right now, but I believe iron is one that cannot be taken with some other and I believe D is another one.

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Posted: 2/12/2013 8:01:37 AM
I take a handful in the morning and a handful at night. I keep them in a pill box sorted by day. It's the only way I remember them all.

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Posted: 2/12/2013 8:04:22 AM
I take Omega 3, glucosamine, and vitamin D... all at night.


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Posted: 2/12/2013 9:16:01 AM
I take my thyroid meds first thing in the morning and my multi-vitamin and omega-3 at lunchtime.


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Posted: 2/12/2013 9:18:56 AM
I take them all first thing in the morning.

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Posted: 2/12/2013 10:26:55 AM
I take them all first thing in the morning. I have it on my 1st thing in the morning list. Seriously, I'd forget a lot of things without my list.

I used to see a nutritionist who recommended whatever way you'll remember to take them. They won't do you any good if they remain in the bottle.


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Posted: 2/12/2013 10:30:17 AM
I only take a cple of basics--calcium, fish oil, allergy pill--and I co it all at once. I don't think I'd remember if I spread them out through the day.


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Posted: 2/12/2013 10:31:27 AM
I take my Synthroid first thing in the morning and my supplements four hours later.


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Posted: 2/12/2013 10:51:06 AM
I take my thyroid meds an hour before breakfast then
take fish oil and Calcium after lunch then another
fish oil, calcium and 4 others after dinner. I keep
them in little pill organizers to keep track.

Anyone taking thyroid meds should never take calcium
until 4 hours later.


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Posted: 2/12/2013 10:54:50 AM
I take everything in the morning. There are 3 Rx's and a number of OTC and herbals. I hate it. I try to check the TV weather while I'm doing this as a distraction. This morning I took all the pills with a banana, and some juice.


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Posted: 2/12/2013 10:55:23 AM
I take my thyroid med in the morning. Everything else is spread thru out the day, at least 4 hours after my thyroid med., especially calcium. I was told to only take 500 mg of calcium at a time, so spread it out over the course of the day if you take more than that each day.
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