I’ve been taking about 5000mg Vitamin C daily and 900mg Pantethine daily. I’ve noticed a flare up of hemorrhoids with normal stools. Is this typical when starting these vitamins?


Q: I’ve been taking about 5000mg Vitamin C daily and 900mg Pantethine daily. I’ve noticed a flare up of hemorrhoids with normal stools. Is this typical when starting these vitamins?

A: That happens, and usually it can be due to a constitutionally “heaty” body type, or the type of vitamin C you are taking. There are other reasons as well, but those are the two most common. I am very careful about the various kinds of vitamin C out there. There are over 20 different forms and various delivery systems. Your body may be sensitive to some forms. Ascorbic Acid tends to be the worse trigger. Talk to your PCP about this.