Vitamins are supposed to be good for you, healthy even. My internist recommended Centrum Silver for Women vitamins to help keep me in top form. It isn’t enough that I (now) watch what I eat and exercise regularly. Nope. I need to take a multivitamin too.
A few weeks ago I told you about my experience with Centrum Silver for Women. The vitamins are huge at 1″ long and roughly the circumference of two Japanese beetles stacked on top of each other. And I mentioned then that the women’s ‘silver’ vitamins are significantly larger than the men’s! Yikes!! Anyway, some women can swallow these monsters; bravo and kudos to you. I can’t. And neither can the other women I’ve heard from since I wrote my initial blog post. It’s too bad the non-swallowers aren’t more vocal in their complaints to Pfizer, Centrum’s parent company, because then the company would have already downsized their vitamins to “reasonable to swallow” size. Of course, then I wouldn’t have much to write about, would I?!I But I have to say that Centrum is sneaky; go on the company web site and find an email to which you can send your opinion. Go ahead.. I’ll wait while you do that.
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You’re back? Did you find an email? No? Just a phone number, to which I can’t send a link to my blog posts, and a snail mail address? Yup. Well today I called that customer service number (1-877-236-8786) and spoke to a nice woman I’ll call J. I told her about my difficulties in swallowing the Centrum; she suggested I either cut the vitamin in half and swallow it in two parts or crush it/mix it in food. Now you and I know that I’ve tried swallowing the two halves to no avail.
What you don’t know is that today I did try to crush it/mix it in food. Results? BLECH!!!
J said that Pfizer cares about its customers and takes our comments seriously. She said that I am not the only woman who has called to say those vitamins are too large to swallow. J said our opinions are passed along to the design team for review. So give the number above a call if you’d like Centrum to make a more manageable-to-swallow vitamin for women 50-plus. Thank you!
P.S. J said she’d send me a coupon so I could try another variety of Centrum vitamin. Hmmm. I wonder what other vitamin in the line would be appropriate for a 50-something woman.