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Penn Gastroenterology Q&As

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Why does a multivitamin produce nausea?

Question: I have recently started taking a multivitamin. It seems to be giving me energy, but I have also developed a feeling of starvation after taking the vitamin.  If I try to eat, I feel too full and nauseous. I have a cold as well. I’m not sure what’s causing the fullness and nausea. How can I be hungry and full at the same time?

Answer: Sometimes colds (viral infections) can cause gastrointestinal upset and difficulty with emptying from the stomach. I would suggest seeing a gastroenterologist through your internist to consider obtaining the following:

•    Upper GI series
•    Possible, blood tests
•    Possible gastric emptying scan if indicated by upper GI series

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