Sodium ascorbate injection

Pronunciation

Generic Name: sodium ascorbate (SO-dee-uhm a-SKOR-bate)
Brand Name: Cenolate

Sodium ascorbate injection is used for:

Treating and preventing low levels of vitamin C. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Sodium ascorbate injection is a vitamin. It works by supplementing vitamin C, which is used in many functions in the body.

Do NOT use sodium ascorbate injection if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in sodium ascorbate injection or to another sulfite

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using sodium ascorbate injection:

Some medical conditions may interact with sodium ascorbate injection. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have asthma, diabetes, or kidney problems, including if you are on dialysis
  • if you have glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, a high iron level in the blood, anemia (eg, sickle cell, sideroblastic, thalassemia), or kidney stones

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with sodium ascorbate injection. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by sodium ascorbate injection
  • Disulfiram because its effectiveness may be decreased by sodium ascorbate injection

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if sodium ascorbate injection may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use sodium ascorbate injection:

Use sodium ascorbate injection as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Sodium ascorbate injection is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using sodium ascorbate injection at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use sodium ascorbate injection. Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • Do not use sodium ascorbate injection if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of sodium ascorbate injection, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use sodium ascorbate injection.

Important safety information:

  • Do not take large doses of vitamins (megadoses or megavitamin therapy) while you use sodium ascorbate injection unless your doctor tells you to.
  • Some of these products contain sulfites. Sulfites may cause an allergic reaction in some patients (eg, asthma patients). If you have ever had an allergic reaction to sulfites, ask your pharmacist if your product has sulfites in it.
  • Sodium ascorbate injection has aluminum in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has aluminum in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Diabetes patients - Sodium ascorbate injection may cause the results of some tests for urine glucose to be wrong. Ask your doctor before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Use sodium ascorbate injection with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially increased blood levels of aluminum.
  • Sodium ascorbate injection should be used with extreme caution in NEWBORNS or INFANTS. It may cause serious nervous system problems and other side effects.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if sodium ascorbate injection can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using sodium ascorbate injection while you are pregnant Sodium ascorbate injection is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use sodium ascorbate injection, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of sodium ascorbate injection:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Burning, pain, stinging, or swelling at the injection site.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bone pain; mental or mood changes; muscle weakness; severe or persistent diarrhea.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of sodium ascorbate injection:

Store sodium ascorbate injection in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Do not freeze. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep sodium ascorbate injection out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about sodium ascorbate injection, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Sodium ascorbate injection is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take sodium ascorbate injection or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about sodium ascorbate injection. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to sodium ascorbate injection. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using sodium ascorbate injection.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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