Medical Specialty >> Pharmacy

Doctors Lounge - Pharmacy Answers

Back to Pharmacy Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge ( does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 9/5/2017.

Forum Name: Pharmacy & Drug Topics

Question: Vitamins and eating?

 GiulioGiammarco - Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:44 pm

is it really necessecary to eat while taking GNC MULTI-VITAMINS? why are you sopose to eat?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:53 pm

User avatar Hello GiulioGiammarco,

Generally, vitamins are absorbed better when being absorbed with other nutrients found in food. This does actually vary a little since the absorption of certain vitamins are actually inhibited by the presence of certain foods.

In addition, taking a multi-vitamin on an empty stomach can cause some irritation and nausea in some people.

Best wishes.

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us