Frequently Asked Questions

Top 5

I eat well, so do I really need to take a multivitamin?

We should always strive to eat a healthy diet and follow Canada's Food Guide. Taking Centrum everyday ensures that you are bridging any nutritional shortfalls in your diet.

Are there enough vitamins and minerals in Centrum to be beneficial?

All Centrum products have been developed to complement the diet. In our formulations, we review the average Canadian diet by age group, and supplement where necessary to help bring your vitamin and mineral intake to an optimal level. Centrum Advantage goes a step further with higher levels of key nutrients to help maintain long-term health.

Should I take a Centrum tablet that has expired?

We cannot guarantee that all vitamins and minerals in the product are in the amounts stated on the label after the expiry date, and hence we recommend not consuming the expired product.

Are the non-medicinal ingredients and dyes used in Centrum products safe to consume?

Yes, all the raw materials used in our products meet the appropriate regulatory specification acceptance criteria and are approved in Canada. It is very challenging to formulate vitamins and minerals without the use of non-medicinal ingredients, which serve to keep the product stable and to prevent the various ingredients from interacting. It is our policy to declare all ingredients on the label, including inactive ingredients.

Is it safe to consume Centrum on a long-term basis?

Most Centrum products are safe to consume on a long-term basis. If you have any concerns regarding long-term usage, refer to the label of the individual product or consult a healthcare professional.

General

Are Centrum multivitamins derived from a natural or synthetic source? Which source is more easily absorbed by the body?

The majority of Centrum vitamins are derived from synthetic source ingredients. Vitamin and mineral supplements can be "synthetic," derived through chemical processes or "natural," derived directly from plants or other materials. There is no evidence that the body absorbs vitamins and minerals derived from natural sources more effectively than synthetic vitamins and minerals. In fact, the synthetic form of Folate, known as Folic Acid, is actually better absorbed by the body than its natural counterpart.

What is the difference between Centrum Select Essentials 50+ and Centrum Silver?

Centrum Select Essentials 50+ is a Canadian multivitamin product specifically formulated for individuals over 50 years of age. Centrum Silver is a similar product sold in the US.

I am having difficulty swallowing my Centrum tablets. What can I do?

It is recommended individuals take Centrum vitamins with plenty of fluid to make administration easier. Using a pill splitter, which is available at your local pharmacy, to break the tablet into smaller pieces may also help with administration; though take care, as sharp edges may be difficult to swallow. Tablets should be consumed immediately after the original form of the tablet is altered, to prevent degradation of the product. Please consult a healthcare professional before making any changes to your medication regimen.

You can also try other Centrum multivitamins such as Centrum MultiGummies or Centrum FlavourBurst Chews which are non-tablet forms of Centrum, so may be easier to consume.

I heard that Centrum tablets do not disintegrate and go right through the body. Is this true?

No. All Centrum products meet or exceed the disintegration standards approved in Canada.

Is it true that the body does not absorb the nutrients in Centrum?

An independent study confirmed that taking Centrum significantly elevated blood serum levels for a number of vitamins and minerals. This study published in the Journal of American College of Nutrition, (2003; 22(2):124-132) showed that after taking Centrum, the participants showed significantly elevated micronutrient levels in their blood. In other words, the vitamins and minerals in the Centrum tablet were absorbed; hence, it showed up in the blood of the participant. Furthermore, Centrum is the most widely used multivitamin multi-mineral supplement in scientific research. This is a testament to how widely Centrum products are respected by the scientific community.

Why is Centrum Advantage a two-tablet-a-day dose?

With higher levels of key nutrients in Centrum Advantage, the pill would be very large and difficult to swallow in a one-tablet-a-day dose.

I eat well, so do I really need to take a multivitamin?

We should always strive to eat a healthy diet and follow Canada's Food Guide. Taking Centrum everyday ensures that you are bridging any nutritional shortfalls in your diet.

Are there enough vitamins and minerals in Centrum to be beneficial?

All Centrum products have been developed to complement the diet. In our formulations, we review the average Canadian diet by age group, and supplement where necessary to help bring your vitamin and mineral intake to an optimal level. Centrum Advantage goes a step further with higher levels of key nutrients to help maintain long-term health.

I am a competitive athlete and have to be very careful about the products I take. Are there any banned substances in Centrum?

All active and non-medicinal ingredients are listed on the label. All the ingredients used in our products meet the appropriate regulatory specification criteria and are approved in Canada for use in drugs and natural health products, and therefore are not prohibited. However, you should ask your doctor to be sure that none of the ingredients present in the product have been banned from your sport.

What is the carbohydrate content in Centrum tablets?

The carbohydrate content in Centrum tablets, excluding Centrum Select Chewable tablets, is almost negligible. The carbohydrate content should not be an issue for low carbohydrate diets, weight management or for diabetes. There is no added sugar, but there might be traces of sugar in the raw materials of some of the vitamins.

How many calories does a Centrum tablet contain?

Centrum tablets contain less than one calorie per tablet, with the exception of Centrum MultiGummies and FlavourBurst.

Ingredient Information

Are the non-medicinal ingredients and dyes used in Centrum products safe to consume?

Yes, all the raw materials used in our products meet the appropriate regulatory specification acceptance criteria and are approved in Canada. It is very challenging to formulate vitamins and minerals without the use of non-medicinal ingredients, which serve to keep the product stable and to prevent the various ingredients from interacting. It is our policy to declare all ingredients on the label, including inactive ingredients.

Is Centrum gluten-free?

Pfizer does not add gluten during the manufacturing of Centrum products, and the raw materials utilized in the manufacturing of the finished product do not contain cereals containing gluten (i.e. wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelt, kamut or the hybridized strains), and products thereof, as reported by our ingredients supplier.

Does Centrum contain Lutein and if so, how much?

Lutein is present in some of the adult Centrum products, but not all. Lutein is one of the carotenoids. Please refer to individual product’s labeling for more information on how much Lutein is in Centrum as it varies between products.

Do Centrum products contain MSG?

No, Centrum products do not contain MSG.

Is the Calcium in Centrum from oyster shells or shellfish?

No, the Calcium in Centrum products is not derived from oyster shells or shellfish.

Does Centrum contain peanut oil?

We do not directly add peanut oil to our Centrum products, but we cannot guarantee there are no trace amounts of peanut oil or cross contamination at any point from the raw materials that end up in the finished product.

Does Centrum contain eggs?

We do not directly add eggs or egg derivatives to our Centrum products, but we cannot guarantee there are no trace amounts or cross contamination at any point from the raw materials that end up in the finished product.

Does Centrum contain latex?

Latex gloves may be used during the manufacture of products at Pfizer’s manufacturing plants, as it is mandatory to wear gloves in the production and packaging zones. However, to the best of our knowledge, no ingredient used in the manufacture of our products contains latex.

Does Centrum contain lactose?

Some of the Centrum formulations may contain lactose. For more information about individual products, please call 1-888-275-9938.

Is there any aluminum in any Centrum products?

The mineral Aluminum is not added to Centrum products. Sodium aluminum silicate (SAS) is often confused with the mineral, aluminum. SAS is used in pharmaceutical preparations to minimize the potential of stomach irritation from some of the minerals.

Safety

Should I take a Centrum tablet that has expired?

We cannot guarantee that all vitamins and minerals in the product are in the amounts stated on the label after the expiry date, and hence we recommend not consuming the expired product.

Is Centrum packaged in child-resistant containers?

All Centrum products, except Centrum Select 50+ Chewables, are packaged in child-resistant containers.

Can I take Centrum if I am pregnant or lactating?

Centrum Prenatal and Centrum Prenatal +DHA are specially formulated for pregnant and lactating women. Regarding other Centrum multivitamins, please refer to the individual product label or consult a healthcare professional.

Is it safe to consume Centrum on a long-term basis?

Most Centrum products are safe to consume on a long-term basis. If you have any concerns regarding long-term usage, refer to the label of the individual product or consult a healthcare professional.

Why is there gelatin in the Canadian Centrum line, and what is the gelatin source?

THESE COMMENTS APPLY ONLY TO CENTRUM PRODUCTS SOLD IN CANADA AND NOT CENTRUM PRODUCTS SOLD IN OTHER REGIONS SUCH AS THE MIDDLE EAST.

Gelatin is used in some of the Centrum products as a stabilizing agent. Not all Centrum products contain gelatin. However, some Centrum products contain gelatin derived from bovine, porcine or avian sources. For individual products, please refer to the label or call 1-888-275-9938 for further details.

Does Centrum contain sodium aluminum silicate and is it safe to consume?

Yes, sodium aluminum silicate (SAS) is a salt present in some of the Centrum multivitamins. All ingredients used in our products meet the appropriate regulatory specification criteria and are approved in Canada for use in multivitamin/mineral supplement formulations, having been recognized as safe for human consumption. The ingredient is used in Centrum products to minimize any potential for stomach upset. It is often confused with the industrial toxicity of aluminum.

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