Generic Name: Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Know the basics

What is acid ascorbic (vitamin C) used for?

Acid ascorbic (vitamin C) is a water-soluble vitamin commonly used for:

  • Prevention and treatment of diseases caused by lack of vitamin C;
  • Increase iron excretion in the treatment of thalassemia by collaborating with desferrioxamine;
  • Idiopathic methemoglobinemia when methylene blue is not available;
  • Flu, rapid wound healing, cancer prevention: evidence has not been proven.

How should I take acid ascorbic (vitamin C)?

For orally taken form, you should:

  • Take acid ascorbic (vitamin C) by mouth as directed by your doctor concerning: dose, schedule;
  • Read the label carefully before using acid ascorbic (vitamin C);
  • Consult your doctor for any information on the label that you do not clearly understand.

How do I store acid ascorbic (vitamin C)?

Acid ascorbic (vitamin C) is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store acid ascorbic (vitamin C) in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of acid ascorbic (vitamin C) that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush acid ascorbic (vitamin C) down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Know the precautions & warnings

What should I know before using acid ascorbic (vitamin C)?

Before using acid ascorbic (vitamin C), tell your doctor if you have:

  • Allergic reaction: to acid ascorbic (vitamin C), excipients using for dosage form containing acid ascorbic (vitamin C). The information is detailed in the leaflet;
  • Allergic reaction to any other medicines, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals;
  • Pediatric;
  • Geriatric;
  • Used any other health conditions, drugs that interact with acid ascorbic (vitamin C).

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Vitamin C passes through the placenta. No studies both in animals and in pregnant women, and if vitamin C under normal daily needs, then no matter what happens to see on people. However, drinking large amounts of vitamin C during pregnancy may increase the need for vitamin C and scurvy resulted in infants.

Vitamin C is distributed in breast milk. People taking vitamin C during breastfeeding do not see any problems happen to infants.

Know the side effects

What side effects can occur from acid ascorbic (vitamin C)?

As taking others medicines, taking acid ascorbic (vitamin C) can cause some side effects. Most of them are rarely occurring and do not need any supplementary treatment. However, it is always important for you to consult your doctor if you have any problem after taking this medicine.

Some of the side effects are increased oxalate – urinary, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, abdominal cramps, fatigue, flushing, headache, insomnia, and drowsiness occurred. After a daily dose of 1 g or greater, diarrhea can occur. High doses of vitamin C administered intravenously has been fatal, so intravenous drug usage is unreasonable and unsafe.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Know the interactions

What drugs may interact with acid ascorbic (vitamin C)?

Acid ascorbic (vitamin C) may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval, such as vitamin B12; fluphenazine; iron;  aspirin.

Does food or alcohol interact with acid ascorbic (vitamin C)?

Acid ascorbic (vitamin C) may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with acid ascorbic (vitamin C)?

Acid ascorbic (vitamin C) may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have, such as:

  • Deficiency of glucose – 6 – phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) (risk of hemolytic anemia);
  • History of kidney stones;
  • Hyperoxaluria and oxalate metabolism;
  • Thalassemia.

Understand the dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using acid ascorbic (vitamin C).

What is the dose of acid ascorbic (vitamin C) for an adult?

Consult your doctor for information about the dose of acid ascorbic (vitamin C) hydrochloride. Recommended doses in some cases are listed below:

Vitamin C deficiency (Scurvy)

  • Provision: 25-75 mg per day.
  • Treatment: the dose of 250-500 mg / day divided into smaller doses, and drink at least 2 weeks.

To increase iron excretion: the dose of vitamin C: 100-200 mg / day.

Methemoglobin: 300-600 mg / day divided into smaller doses.

What is the dose of acid ascorbic (vitamin C) for a child?

Consult your doctor for information about the dose of acid ascorbic (vitamin C) hydrochloride. Recommended doses in some cases are listed below:

Vitamin C deficiency (Scurvy): provision: 25-75 mg per day.

To increase iron excretion: the dose of vitamin C: 100-200 mg / day.

Methemoglobin: 300-600 mg / day divided into smaller doses.

How is acid ascorbic (vitamin C) available?

Acid ascorbic (vitamin C) is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Extended-release capsule: 500 mg;
  • Tablets: 50 mg; 100 mg; 250 mg; 500 mg; 1g;
  • Chewable tablet: 100 mg; 250 mg; 500 mg, 1 g;
  • Extended-release tablets: 500 mg; 1 g; 1.5 g;
  • Effervescent tablets 1 g.

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services (115) or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of acid ascorbic (vitamin C), take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017

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