Centrum Cardio Safety
Centrum Cardio may not be safe to take if you have sitosterolemia, anemia, or certain allergies. Before using Centrum Cardio, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions and let him or her know if you are taking any other medications. Also, Centrum Cardio safety precautions also extend to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Centrum Cardio Safety: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Centrum Cardio® if you have:
- Sitosterolemia (phytosterolaemia), a rare genetic condition
- Any allergies, including allergies to medications, dyes, foods, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Precautions and Warnings for Centrum CardioSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Centrum Cardio include the following:
- Sitosterolemia (phytosterolaemia) is a rare genetic condition involving cholesterol and plant sterols. People with this condition have unusually high levels of plant sterols in their body and should avoid products that contain plant sterols, such as Centrum Cardio.
- Centrum Cardio functions as a multivitamin, as well as a cholesterol-lowering supplement. In general, you should not take another multivitamin in addition to Centrum Cardio.
- Centrum Cardio contains folic acid, which can mask certain types of anemia. This means that if you take enough folic acid (typically more than is found in Centrum Cardio), certain types of anemia may not show up on blood tests. However, this does not apply to all types of anemia. If you have anemia, check with your healthcare provider before taking Centrum Cardio.
- Make sure to keep Centrum Cardio out of the reach of children. Centrum Cardio contains iron, and it is easy for children to take too much iron (which can cause life-threatening problems).
- Centrum Cardio may interact with a few other medications (see Centrum Cardio Drug Interactions).
- It is not known if Centrum Cardio is safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women (see Centrum Cardio and Pregnancy and Centrum Cardio and Breastfeeding).