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Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the most frequently asked questions below.

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What are the benefits of taking a multivitamin such as Centrum®?

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Multivitamins are intended to be used as part of an overall healthy lifestyle and can help fill the gaps in one’s diet to help ensure people get the recommended amount of key vitamins and minerals needed each day. Take multivitamins as part of a healthy diet and exercise routine.

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How do Centrum Specialist® Prenatal multivitamins support my health during pregnancy?

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Your daily nutrition requirements of certain nutrients increase (particularly for folic acid, calcium and iron) during pregnancy to support development of the baby as well as the increased demands on your body. Centrum Specialist® Prenatal is a complete multivitamin paired with a DHA softgel designed to meet your nutritional needs before, during, and after pregnancy while breastfeeding.

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How does Centrum Specialist® Prenatal support the healthy growth and development of my baby?

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Centrum Specialist® Prenatal provides essential micronutrients for the growth and development of your baby. Adequate levels of folic acid along with other nutrients may help to reduce the risk of neural tube defects and ultimately improve birth outcomes. What’s more, the Centrum Specialist® Prenatal DHA softgel supports the baby’s healthy eye and brain development.*

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Why should I take Centrum Specialist® Prenatal if I’m thinking of becoming pregnant?

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The nutrients in Centrum Specialist® Prenatal may help increase the chances of creating a healthy and nutritious environment for a baby to develop. Birth defects and anomalies can form early in pregnancy, before a woman realizes she is pregnant. By taking a prenatal multivitamin with folic acid, you are helping to ensure that your developing baby gets a good start with the necessary nutrients.

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Why should I take Centrum Specialist® Prenatal after pregnancy?

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Centrum Specialist® Prenatal may be taken after pregnancy, while you are breastfeeding. A mother’s nutritional needs remain increased during breastfeeding. Centrum Specialist® Prenatal has a customized ratio of DHA and EPA to help optimize DHA levels of the mother’s breastmilk for the infant’s growth and development.*

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What does folic acid do?

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Folic acid is required for normal cell division including protein metabolism, the formation of DNA and neurotransmitters. In addition, folic acid plays a role in healthy birth outcomes.

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What are DHA and EPA?

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DHA and EPa are omega 3 essential fatty acids that play important roles in the development of our bodies. DHA is an essential component of the brain and eyes and is important for healthy visual and mental development in utero and through infancy. Studies show that EPA may help with the transport of DHA across the placenta.

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What do we mean by the DHA to EPA ratio? And why is that important?

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Centrum Specialist® Prenatal provides approximately 40mg of EPA and 200mg of DHA. This is a ratio of approximately 1:5mg EPA. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests women take 200 to 300mg of DHA per day during pregnancy and breastfeeding. While there is currently no recommended daily allowance of EPA, the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) advises that supplemental levels of EPA do not exceed DHA.

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How do Centrum® Silver® Plus Vision multivitamins support my vision health?

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Centrum® Silver® Plus Vision is a complete daily multivitamin/multimineral with the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin to help maintain healthy vision.*

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What do lutein and zeaxanthin do?

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The carotenoids, lutein (10mg) and zeaxanthin (2mg), concentrate in the macular area of the eye and can protect against oxidative stress.*

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How do vitamins A, C, E and zinc support my vision health?

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These nutrients are known to play a role in maintaining eye health and structure along with having antioxidant properties and support healthy eyes as you age.*

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How does Centrum® Silver® Plus Vision support glare reduction?

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Emerging science suggests that the nutrients in the product—lutein (10 mg) and zeaxanthin (2 mg)—play a role in the eye's ability to respond after exposure to glare.*

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How are Centrum Specialist® Energy multivitamins different from Centrum Performance® multivitamins?

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Centrum Specialist® Energy multivitamins are the same formula as Centrum Performance® -- in a new package design.

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How is Centrum Specialist® Energy specially formulated to support my energy needs?

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Centrum Specialist® Energy is an enhanced complete multivitamin. It is specially formulated with Ginseng and higher levels*1 of B vitamins such as niacin, thiamin, riboflavin as well as vitamins B6 and B12.

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What are the benefits of Ginseng and B vitamins?

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B-vitamins (such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B6, B12, biotin and pantothenic acid) play an important role in converting proteins, fats and carbohydrates to energy. For thousands of years, ginseng root has been used in China, Korea, and Japan because of its reported benefit of feelings of vitality and wellbeing.*

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How are Centrum Specialist® Heart multivitamins different from Centrum Cardio® multivitamins?

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Centrum Specialist® Heart multivitamins are the same formula as Centrum Cardio® -- in a new package design.

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How is Centrum Specialist® Heart specially formulated to support my heart health‡‡?

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Centrum Specialist® Heart is an enhanced complete multivitamin. It is specially formulated with heart-healthy nutrients, such as vitamins B6, B12, and E as well as folic acid.

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Can I take Centrum Specialist® Heart and Omega-3 together?

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Yes. You can take Centrum Specialist® Heart together with our ProNutrients® Omega-3 supplement (from the makers of Centrum®) for more heart-health benefits.

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Do Centrum® multivitamins contain fiber?

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Centrum multivitamins contain a negligible amount of fiber to serve as a binder for the tablets, rather than acting as a dietary fiber supplement. Centrum multivitamins are currently not formulated to be a source of dietary fiber.

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If I am lactose-intolerant, can I take Centrum® multivitamins?

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Centrum offers a variety of multivitamins that are safe to take if you are lactose-intolerant. In fact, the only Centrum multivitamins containing lactose are the chewable tablets (available in Centrum Adults, Centrum Silver Adults 50+, and Centrum Kids formulas). If you have any doubt or additional questions, consult a physician.

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Can children take Centrum® multivitamin tablets?

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Centrum is formulated for adults 18 years and older. Children ages 2 and up can take Centrum Kids® Chewable multivitamin tablets.

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Is it harmful to take outdated/expired Centrum®?

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All our products are assigned an expiration date, which is based upon extensive stability studies. We guarantee the potency of the product until the last day of the month noted on the package. There is no evidence to indicate that the ingredients in the product would be harmful if consumed beyond the expiration date. You may not, however, be receiving the amount of each vitamin or mineral listed on the label. The potency of the ingredients slowly diminishes over an extended period of time, and the expiration date is determined by the least stable ingredient in the product. We recommend that the product not be used after the expiration date.

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How long can I take Centrum® multivitamins?

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Centrum multivitamins can be taken continuously on a daily basis. Please consult with your healthcare provider before you make any changes in your diet and exercise routine.

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What is an omega-3?

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Omega-3s are considered essential fatty acids, such as EPA and DHA. They are necessary for human health. The body can synthesize EPA and DHA, however, in very small amounts and therefore supplementation is necessary to get the proper amounts.

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What is Centrum ProNutrients Omega-3?

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It is an omega 3 dietary supplement from the makers of Centrum, the #1 doctor recommended multivitamin brand. Centrum ProNutrients Omega-3 contains two of the most scientifically studied Omega-3s (EPA and DHA) found in fish oil. In fact, 90%† of the Omega-3s in Centrum ProNutrients are EPA & DHA (600 mg per serving), the types of Omega-3’s linked to health benefits.*

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What are EPA and DHA?

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EPA and DHA are long-chain fatty acids that have been shown to confer health benefits. EPAs and DHAs help support heart health, brain structure, and eye structure.*

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Why should I take Centrum ProNutrients Omega-3?

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It is very difficult to attain recommended levels of EPA and DHA via diet alone and therefore supplementation is very important. Centrum ProNutrients Omega-3 contains a unique formula with nutrients (EPA/DHA), the two most studied omega-3s linked to health benefits, that provide triple action support for your heart ‡‡, brain, and eyes.* Centrum ProNutrients Omega-3 is sourced exclusively from sustainable fish sources, designated in ultra concentrated MiniGels, and are enteric coated to control fishy burps. Centrum ProNutrients Omega-3s are highly purified and quality controlled so that you can be confident you’re getting the nutrition you need for your heart, brain, and eyes.*

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How many Centrum ProNutrients Omega-3 MiniGels should I take per day?

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Adults should take two Centrum ProNutrients Omega-3 MiniGels daily with food.

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Are there fewer omegas in Centrum ProNutrients Omega-3 since it is a MiniGel?

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The recommended serving of Centrum ProNutrients Omega-3 (2 MiniGels) contains 665 mg of omega-3 fatty acids. Centrum ProNutrients Omega-3 ultra concentrated MiniGels deliver 600 mg of the most scientifically studied omega-3s.

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Do Centrum Flavor Burst Chews contain any allergens?

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Yes. Centrum Flavor Burst Chews contain soy. As for other allergens, we do not add any ingredients sourced from wheat, eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish or shellfish to our products.

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Do Centrum Flavor Burst Chews contain gluten?

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We do not directly add any gluten or gluten containing ingredients to our products, however, we cannot guarantee that all raw materials are 100% gluten-free.

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Do Centrum Flavor Burst Chews contain gelatin?

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No. Our Centrum Flavor Burst chews do not contain gelatin.

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Is it safe to take Centrum Flavor Burst Chews with other Centrum multivitamin products?

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We recommend only taking one multivitamin serving per day, but please consult with your health professional before taking Centrum Flavor Burst Chews with any other dietary supplements or medications.

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What is the source of the coloring used in Centrum Flavor Burst Chews?

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Our Centrum Flavor Burst Chews contain colors that are certified by the FDA for use in foods, drugs and cosmetics.

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How should I store my Centrum Flavor Burst Chews?

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Centrum Flavor Burst Chews should be stored at room temperature, protected from moisture with the cap tightly closed.

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Can I take Centrum Flavor Burst Chews without food or water?

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Yes. Centrum Flavor Burst Chews have been formulated so you can take them without food or water.

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Are Centrum Flavor Burst Chews manufactured in the U.S.A.?

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Yes. Centrum Flavor Burst Chews are manufactured in the U.S.A.

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Can I take Centrum Flavor Burst Chews while pregnant or nursing?

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If you are pregnant or nursing please consult with your health professional before taking Centrum Flavor Burst Chews.

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Can I take Centrum Flavor Burst Chews with my medications?

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Please consult with your health professional before taking Centrum Flavor Burst Chews with medications.

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Are Centrum Flavor Burst Chews sweetened with artificial sweeteners?

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No. Centrum Flavor Burst Chews are not sweetened with artificial sweeteners.

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Do your products contain MSG?

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No. Centrum Flavor Burst Chews contain no MSG.

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Why does Flavor Burst chew contain hydrogenated coconut oil?

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Centrum contains very small amounts of hydrogenated oil to preserve the activity of nutrients in the formula. The American Heart Association recommends limiting daily intake to less than 2 grams of trans fat per day. Centrum Flavor Burst chews provide far less than this at 0.3 grams per serving (.075g per chew).

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Do Centrum® multivitamins contain Gluten?

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We do not directly add any gluten to our products, however, we cannot guarantee that all our products are 100% gluten-free. If you have questions regarding a specific product, please call our customer care center at 1-877-CENTRUM (1-877-236-8786).

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How do I know which Centrum® multivitamin formula is right for me?

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Centrum offers a range of multivitamins. Depending on your age, gender, and specific health goals, some multivitamins may be more beneficial to your health than others. To find out which Centrum product is right for you, take our quick and easy self-assessment: http://www.centrum.com/find-your-centrum.

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What is the difference between Centrum® Adults and Centrum® Silver® Adults multivitamins?

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Centrum Silver Adults have been specifically formulated to help meet the nutritional needs of Adults age. As you age, your body’s physiological needs, as well as your dietary intake changes. Centrum Silver Adults takes into consideration these physiological changes, the Recommended Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) and the average American diet, to bring you a formula designed to help meet the changing health needs of Adults.

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What makes Centrum® Men different from Centrum® Adults multivitamins?

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Centrum Men builds off of the same great formula as Centrum Adults, but is personalized with nutrients specific to help support Men’s health. Centrum Men contains higher levels of vitamins C, D, E, and K, as well as biotin, pantothenic acid, calcium, magnesium, selenium, boron, lycopene, copper, and molybdenum, all key nutrients needed to help support Men’s health.*

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What makes Centrum® Women different from Centrum® Adults multivitamins?

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Centrum Women builds off of the same great formula as Centrum Adults, but is personalized with nutrients specific to help support Women’s health. Centrum Women contains higher levels of vitamins C, D, E, and K, as well as biotin, pantothenic acid, calcium, magnesium, copper, molybdenum, and boron, all key nutrients needed to help support Women’s health.*

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What makes Centrum® Silver® Men different from Centrum® Silver® Adults multivitamins?

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Centrum Silver Men builds off of the same great formula as Centrum Silver Adults, but is personalized with nutrients specific to help support Men’s health after the age of 50. Centrum Silver Men contains higher levels of vitamins A, C, D, E, K, B6, and B12, as well as calcium, zinc, selenium copper, manganese, chromium, molybdenum, lutein, and lycopene, all key nutrients needed to help support Men’s health after the age of 50.*

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What makes Centrum® Silver® Women different from Centrum® Silver® Adults multivitamins?

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Centrum Silver Women builds off of the same great formula as Centrum Silver Adults, but is personalized with nutrients specific to help support Women’s health after the age of 50. Centrum Silver Women contains higher levels of vitamins A, C, D, E, K, B6, and B12, as well as calcium, zinc, chromium, molybdenum, and lutein, all key nutrients needed to help support Women’s health after the age of 50.*

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What makes Centrum Silver multivitamins easy to swallow?

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Each Centrum Silver tablet has a smooth, clear outer coating that makes it easy to swallow.

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Why are Centrum Silver Women and Centrum Women multivitamins now smaller in size?

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In order to provide the optimal multivitamin, the formulation for Centrum Silver Women and Centrum Women multivitamin is consistently being evaluated. Several mineral levels were adjusted in order to reflect the latest nutritional science and the average American diet. As part of these formulation changes, the tablet size was decreased.

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Do all Centrum multivitamins have an easy to swallow coating?

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All Centrum Silver multivitamins and Centrum Women's multivitamins have the Easy to Swallow coating.

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Do Centrum® MultiGummies or Centrum® VitaMints® contain gluten?

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No. Both Centrum® MultiGummies and Centrum® VitaMints® meet the FDA definition of gluten-free.

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Do Centrum® MultiGummies or Centrum® VitaMints® contain any allergens?

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No. Both Centrum® MultiGummies and Centrum® VitaMints® do not contain any allergenic protein from the 8 major allergens (wheat, soy, milk, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and crustacean shellfish).

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Is it safe to take Centrum® MultiGummies with other Centrum® multivitamin products?

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Centrum® MultiGummies is a multivitamin. Therefore, this product should not be taken with other products containing vitamin A or folic acid. We always recommend that you check with your healthcare professional about the best dietary supplement regimen for you to follow.

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What is the best time of day to take Centrum® MultiGummies?

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The fat soluble vitamins A, D, and E are best absorbed with some fat. Therefore, it may be beneficial to take your Centrum® MultiGummies with a meal. You may also want to take your Centrum® MultiGummies at the same time each day to make it part of your daily routine.

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My gummies have changed color. Are they still safe to take?

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Due to use of plant-based colors, gummy appearance may change over time. The product will maintain its potency through the expiration date.

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Can I take Centrum® MultiGummies or Centrum® VitaMints® while pregnant or nursing?

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If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please check with your healthcare professional before taking any supplement or medication.

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Can I take Centrum® MultiGummies or Centrum® VitaMints® with my medications?

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Please consult with your health professional before taking Centrum® MultiGummies or Centrum® VitaMints® with any medications.

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Are Centrum® MultiGummies sweetened with artificial sweeteners?

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No, Centrum® MultiGummies contain natural sweeteners and do not contain any artificial sweeteners.

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Do Centrum® MultiGummies contain artificial colors?

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Centrum® MultiGummies use natural sources to provide color.

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Why was the level of vitamin D3 in Centrum® and Centrum® Silver® tablets changed to 1,000 IU?

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Centrum® multivitamins contain vitamin D3, a preferred form of vitamin D. Vitamin D is an important nutrient for supporting healthy bones, muscles, and immune system. Vitamin D insufficiency is a growing concern in the United States and intake of this nutrient is inadequate. Thus, vitamin D is considered a nutrient of “public health concern” by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Emerging evidence and expert recommendations suggest that higher levels of vitamin D may be more beneficial for bone health and for achieving optimal blood levels of vitamin D.

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What is the difference between vitamin D and vitamin D3?

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There are two forms of vitamin D—vitamin D2 and vitamin D3. While vitamin D2 is a plant-derived form of vitamin D, vitamin D3 is a naturally occurring form of vitamin D as it can be made in human skin upon exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D3 can also be consumed through supplements. We choose vitamin D3 for our Centrum® and Centrum® Silver® multivitamin products because it is the preferred form of vitamin D.

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Do I need to take vitamin D?

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Everyone needs vitamin D because it is an essential nutrient for the body and plays an important role in calcium absorption and bone health as well as in muscle and immune health. Vitamin D can be obtained via diet, supplements, and skin exposure to sunlight. However, vitamin D is found in very few foods and thus is a nutrient difficult to get enough of through diet alone. To find out how much vitamin D is right for you, please check with your healthcare provider.

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How much vitamin D is too much?

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The upper safety limit from foods and supplements, as set by the Institute of Medicine, is 4000 IU/day. To find out how much vitamin D is right for you, please check with your physician.

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What are sources of vitamin D?

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Vitamin D is found in a limited number of foods, such as eggs, fatty fish (salmon, herring, mackerel), liver, eggs, margarine, and fortified milk. Your body also produces vitamin D in response to sun exposure, which can vary throughout the year. Vitamin D can also be obtained through supplements like Centrum® multivitamins, which contain vitamin D3 – a preferred form of vitamin D.

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Is it safe to take Centrum® VitaMints® with other Centrum® multivitamin products?

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Centrum® VitaMints® is a multivitamin containing most of the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs. Therefore, this product should not be taken with any other multivitamin products. We recommend always checking with your healthcare professional about the best regimen to follow for your dietary supplement needs.

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Can Centrum® VitaMints® multivitamins be taken by children?

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Centrum® VitaMints® is formulated for use in adults 19 years of age and up. This product is not intended for use in children.

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What is the difference between Centrum® VitaMints® and other Centrum® chewable products?

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Centrum® VitaMints® is a minty chewable tablet that was designed to support nutrition, convenience, flavor and experience needs.
There are differences in the formulations and serving sizes of our various chewable forms of multivitamin offerings (Centrum® MultiGummies, Centrum® Silver® Chewables, Centrum® Chewables, and Centrum® VitaMints®). While all Centrum® formulations are intended for adults, you can use the “Find Your Centrum® Tool” on our website to help you find the right Centrum® for you.

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Is Centrum® VitaMints® vegetarian? Are there any animal derivatives in the product? If so, which animal?

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No. Centrum® VitaMints® contain gelatin (porcine) that is sourced from pork, and vitamin D is sourced from lanolin (sheep’s wool).

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Is the mint flavoring from an actual mint derivative? Which one?

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The mint flavoring comes from natural and artificial mint and peppermint flavors.

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Are Centrum® VitaMints® sweetened with artificial sweeteners?

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Yes, Centrum® VitaMints® contain the artificial sweeteners acesulfame potassium and sucralose.

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Do Centrum® VitaMints® contain artificial colors?

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Yes, Centrum® VitaMints® contain the artificial color Blue 2 Lake.

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Can I take Centrum® VitaMints® while pregnant or nursing?

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If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please check with your healthcare professional before taking any supplement or medication.

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Can I take Centrum® VitaMints® with my medications?

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Please consult with your health professional before taking Centrum® VitaMints® with any medications.

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Do Centrum® VitaMints® contain gluten?

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No. Centrum® VitaMints® meet the FDA definition of gluten-free.

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Do Centrum® VitaMints® contain any allergens?

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No. Centrum® VitaMints® do not contain any allergenic protein from the 8 major allergens (wheat, soy, milk, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and crustacean shellfish).

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