Why is it getting hard to find Centrum Specialist Energy multi-vitamins?

1/19/2021 Update: IT’S BACK! 60 ct Centrum Specialist Energy at Amazon

My favorite multi-vitamin is getting so hard to find! I reached out to GSK (owners of the Centrum brand) to let them know how much this product has helped me and to ask if it has been discontinued or if they are having a temporary problem keeping it in stock. Their response is summarized below:

“We are still manufacturing the product and it’s not clear why your local stores aren’t carrying it. … any retailer who stocks other GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare products (e.g., Excedrin and Aquafresh) can order the product from their wholesaler.”

Great! I am glad to hear that you are still making Centrum Specialist Energy! So …

Why has it suddenly got so hard to find?

I still don’t have an answer to why it is so hard to find this vitamin. Even the manufacturers claim to be unclear why.

7/10/2021 Update: GSK recently sent me the following message:

At this time, GSK Consumer Healthcare is experiencing a temporary supply disruption on certain formulations and sizes of Centrum vitamins due to an increase in demand and a production disruption at one of our manufacturing sites. We are working hard to ensure our products are restocked as soon as possible. However, consumers may continue to experience out of stock situations for certain Centrum products as we work to restore stock to normal levels.

Please be assured that this disruption is unrelated to product quality and does not affect any product currently in the marketplace. At this point in time we cannot confirm a definite date as to when supply will resume.

 

Where you can still get Centrum Specialist Energy Online

I first noticed this vitamin in the clearance section of my local Walmart. Since then, it has been hard to find at my local store. So I have been ordering it from Amazon.com and WalMart.com for years.

If anybody else is having a hard time finding this, WalMart currently has a 120 ct bottle for $26.39 https://www.walmart.com/ip/Centrum-Specialist-Energy-Vitamin-Multivitamin-Multimineral-Supplement-with-Super-B-Complex-Vitamins-and-Ginseng-120-Count/ (Nov 17, 2020)

This is significantly higher than the $9-$10 I am used to paying for a 2-month supply. But when I do the math, it’s only about 22 cents per day. With how much better I feel when taking this supplement is worth the price.

3/21/2021 Update: 60 ct bottle for $9.97 Back In Stock at Walmart!

Back at Amazon!

1/19/2021, I finally see Centrum Specialist Energy back in stock at Amazon! The price has gone up to $13, as low as $11.05 $8.47 on auto-ship. The below affiliate link will take you to the correct listing and give me a small commission if you continue with the purchase on Amazon.

11 Comments

  1. Lisa on December 14, 2020 at 9:30 am

    I can’t find it anywhere either. I also love and need this multivitamin with energy ingredients. I tried alive women’s vitamins with energy. I hate it! Good luck!

    • Nancy Cunningham on July 7, 2021 at 10:18 am

      I’ve been taking these for twenty years, and I’m hoping they continue. I’ve been buying them on Amazon but the price is getting crazy.

      • Michelle on July 11, 2021 at 2:01 pm

        Just keep watching those Amazon and WalMart listings! The price seems to bounce up and down. GSK recently informed me that they are experiencing supply disruptions. I hope they are able to get back on track with this and other formulas soon!

      • Alexander on August 13, 2021 at 6:33 pm

        Try eBay. $30 for 2-pack, that’s where I get it.

        • Michelle on August 14, 2021 at 3:08 pm

          An excellent idea Alexander! I didn’t even think to try eBay 🙂

  2. John S. on December 30, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Yes I’m having the same thing happening. It’s been off and on for the last couple of years at my Walmarts near me. But now all stores are out of stock.

  3. Alan Fisher on January 13, 2021 at 7:18 am

    Thanks for the link, I too am finding it hard to find. I have been taking this vitamin for years and like it a lot. It helps me get going in the morning and throughout the day ….It keeps my mind sharp and give me energy as the label suggests … Just ordered 4 bottles to stock up on them.

  4. Brian Keisler on January 28, 2021 at 12:12 am

    I’m also having problems locating centrum specialist energy in stores. I have been taking this multivitamin for over 20 year and find myself unable to function without it.

  5. Michelle Schneider on February 7, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    Too strange that we all live in different parts of the country and we are all having the same issue with the Centrum Energy vitamin!!! Hopefully the mfg. resolves this issue since I have not found anything that works as good !!!

    • Michelle on February 7, 2021 at 9:19 pm

      Yes, very strange that they say the product is still being produced yet so many people are having a hard time finding it. I would like to ask my local pharmacy, but every time I go in they are swamped with customers who are worried about the pandemic. (mostly phone calls, plus a line of people who need to get their regular meds or ask a question)

      I take this vitamin for an extra boost of B3 (niacin), which my dr said I needed more of. He actually suggested I take a niacin supplement, but it was too strong and caused other problems.

  6. Reginald on February 17, 2021 at 11:03 am

    I was also having trouble finding Centrum Energy vitamins. There were comments about it being discontinued, but I found and ordered some online. I read the above article which stated that the vitamin was still being produced. Hopefully, they are correct.

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