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   Posted 1/20/2015 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Bought a giant box of emergen c packets to have on hand if I feel a cold or something coming on. I figure it'd be a good way to get some more vitamins in me (since I can't eat most veg or fruit and vitamin pills just get pooped out), anyway, get them home and I reading the box, lists "diarrhea" as a known side effect (along with nasea, vomiting) and to discontinue if experience side effects. Well, now I'm terrified to use it. Like I need something that gives diarrhea in regular people.

Anyone have experience with emergen c?! Why do you think it'd cause the craps?!?
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   Posted 1/20/2015 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
High dose vitamin c is notorious for causing diarrhea. I have some emergen c and i can take one packet no problem. Ive actually taken up to 3,000 grams and dont have the runs. Just depends on your body's tolerance level.
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   Posted 1/20/2015 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I have never had a problem with the occasional 1 packet a day.

It is 1000mg. The USDA upper limit for vit-C is 2000mg.
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   Posted 1/20/2015 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I love the stuff, but my colon is functioning. Guess that doesn't help does it...
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   Posted 1/21/2015 7:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I drank these (1 a day) when I was flaring and feeling terrible. They made me feel much better. The b vitamins are easily absorbed this way. I use them if I am feeling lie I am coming down with a cold now. Not sure they help with that but they don't seem to bug my uc.
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