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Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the most frequently asked questions below.

  • Q: What is the best time of the day to take Centrum Multivitamins? A:

    Take your Centrum multivitamin with water preferably at mealtimes. You may want to take your Centrum multivitamin at a certain time each day to become part of your routine.

  • Q: Why are Centrum tablets big? A:

    In order to fit such a comprehensive range of vitamins, minerals and trace elements into one tablet inevitably means that the tablet will be of a reasonable size.
    A balance has had to be made between including the ingredients in the necessary amounts and maintaining a practical size of tablet.

  • Q: Are Centrum multivitamins suitable for vegetarians? A:

    No.
    Some of the ingredients are derived from animal products.
    It can be difficult to obtain vitamin and mineral preparations, which are guaranteed to be completely vegetarian.

  • Q: What is the source of gelatin in Centrum multivitamins? A:

    Several of the vitamins used in the Centrum formulations do contain gelatin, which is derived from Bovine (Cattle) or Porcine (Pigs) sources.

  • Q: Are Centrum multivitamins halal? A:

    No.
    The formulations of Centrum multivitamins marketed in Ireland contain vitamins derived from pig gelatin (pigs are not halal).

  • Q: Are Centrum multivitamins kosher? A:

    No.
    Centrum multivitamins contain vitamins derived from pig gelatin (pigs are not kosher).

  • Q: Which Centrum multivitamins are suitable for Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding? A:

    Centrum Pregnancy Care or Centrum Pregnancy Care Plus Omega 3, are suitable for pregnancy or breastfeeding.

  • Q: How should I store the product? A:

    Store dry and not above 25°C. Always replace lid after use.

  • Q: Some of the ingredient levels are less than the recommended daily allowance (RDA), why is this? A:

    Centrum products are classed as food supplements and are designed to complement a person’s diet.
    Having less than 100% of the RDA should not cause any concern, because a proportion of the RDA for an ingredient will be made up from a person’s diet.
    Some ingredients such as calcium are simply too bulky to be included at the full RDA and would result in a tablet which is too big to swallow. Other ingredients such as magnesium, could cause laxative effects if the full RDA was taken at the same time.

  • Q: Some of the ingredient levels are more than the recommended daily allowance (RDA), why is this? A:

    Centrum products are classed as food supplements and are designed to complement a person’s diet.
    Having more than 100% of the RDA should not cause any concern, because the levels are safe and do not exceed the recommended Safe Upper Level (SUL) for each vitamin.
    Water soluble vitamins - such as the B group vitamins and vitamin C - cannot be stored by the body to any great extent, so if you take in more than your body needs, they are simply excreted.

  • Q: Is it harmful to take outdated/expired Centrum? A:

    We recommend that the product not be used after the expiration date.
    All our products are assigned an expiration date, which is based upon extensive stability studies. The product is effective until the last day of the month noted on the package.

  • Q: Do Centrum multivitamins contain fibre? A:

    Centrum multivitamins are currently not formulated to be a source of dietary fibre.

  • Q: Can children take Centrum multivitamin? A:

    Children aged 4 and up can take Centrum Kids.
    Children aged 11 and up can take Centrum Advance and Centrum Fruity Chewables.
    Other Centrum multivitamins are formulated for adults only.

  • Q: How long can I take Centrum? A:

    Centrum can be taken continuously on a daily basis.