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Multivitamins During Chemotherapy

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Q: During chemotherapy, should I avoid taking multivitamins and minerals?

SKG, Worcester, Massachusetts 

A: If you are eating well during treatment, you are getting the necessary vitamins and minerals through your diet and we wouldn't recommend a multivitamin. However, if you are having trouble eating due to treatment side effects, a multivitamin with no more than 100% of your daily needs can help supplement your diet.

During chemotherapy, you should avoid any individual (not just in the multivitamin) antioxidant supplements such as beta-carotene, niacin, selenium, vitamin C and B, coenzyme Q10 and zinc.

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