Is Centrum Multivitamin Safe?

Centrum is one of the largest multivitamin brands in the United States. Centrum manufactures multivitamins for kids, adult women, adult men, seniors and people with special health concerns such as heart problems. Their vitamins come in capsules, tablets, chewable and liquid forms for adults and children. Since Centrum multivitamins contain some ingredients that are not considered vitamins, some people may wonder if they are is safe to take.

Centrum comes in citrus flavored chewable tablets. (Image: dolgachov/iStock/Getty Images)

Identification

Centrum multivitamins contain a combination of the 13 essential vitamins -- A, C, D, E and K, along with the eight vitamins that make up the B-complex family. Centrum also contains essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese and magnesium. The recommended amount of each vitamin and mineral included in Centrum multivitamins are tailored to support the age group and sex for which the vitamin combination is formulated.

Safety Precautions

Most multivitamins contain lead, so the FDA has a scale set, which measures whether a multivitamin contains a safe or tolerable level of lead, or whether it contains an unsafe level. According to the FDA, Centrum products are within the safe level. Centrum multivitamins also do not contain shellfish, which may cause severe allergic reactions in certain people.

Not Suitable for Pregnant Women

Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take Centrum products as stated by the Centrum website. Centrum multivitamins contain 800 micrograms of vitamin A, which is within the safe limit, although vitamin A in the diet may raise vitamin A levels in the blood. This can cause developmental problems in an infant.

Warnings

No matter how safe of multivitamin supplement is, taking more than the manufacturer recommends may cause health risks. Centrum multivitamins contain fat-soluble vitamins and minerals, which can cause side effects such as nausea and vomiting, dizziness, headache, muscle weakness, muscle pain, bone pain and confusion, if you exceed the recommended intake. These symptoms are serious and if they occur, you should reported them to an emergency official or poison control promptly. Before taking a multivitamins, consult your physician, as some vitamins may interact with prescription medications.

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