Generic name: ascorbic acid (vitamin C) [ as-KORE-bik-AS-id ]
Brand names: Acerola, Ascorbic Acid Quick Melts, C-500-Gr, Cemill 1000, C-Time, ... show all 30 brands Easy-C, Ester-C, N Ice with Vitamin C, Vasoflex HD, Vicks Vitamin C Drops, Vitamin C, Vitamin C TR, Vitamin C with Rose Hips, C/Rose Hips, Cecon, Cemill 500, Sunkist Vitamin C, Cenolate, Mega-C-Acid Plus, Cee-500, Centrum Singles-Vitamin C, Ascot, Cevi-Bid, Time Release Vitamin C, Ascor L NC, Ascor, Bio C 1:1, Immune Essentials, Vitafusion Power C Gummies, Xcellent C
Dosage forms: oral capsule (333.33 mg; 500 mg; 750 mg; with bioflavonoids 500 mg; with citrus bioflavonoids 500 mg), ... show all 6 dosage forms oral capsule, extended release (500 mg), oral liquid (500 mg/5 mL), oral tablet (1000 mg; 1500 mg; 250 mg; 500 mg; with bioflavonoids; with bioflavonoids 500 mg; with citrus bioflavonoids 1000 mg), oral tablet, chewable (120 mg; 25 mg; 250 mg; 500 mg; 60 mg), oral tablet, disintegrating (100 mg; 250 mg)
Drug class: Vitamins
What is ascorbic acid?
Ascorbic acid is used to treat and prevent vitamin C deficiency.
Ascorbic acid is also used in supporting antioxidant activity and the immune system to work properly to protect the body from disease.
Ascorbic acid may also be used for purposes not listed in this product guide.
Ascorbic acid side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives, difficult breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Ascorbic acid may cause serious side effects. Stop using ascorbic acid and call your doctor at once if you have:
chills, fever, pain in your side or lower back, blood in your urine, painful or difficult urination.
Common side effects of ascorbic acid may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1 800 FDA 1088.
Follow all directions on the product label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use ascorbic acid if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a vitamin C supplement.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if ascorbic acid is safe to use if you have ever had:
if you smoke (smoking can make ascorbic acid less effective);
kidney disease or a history of kidney stones.
Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
How should I use ascorbic acid?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger amounts, or for longer than recommended.
The recommended daily dose of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) changes with age. Follow your healthcare provider's instructions. You may also consult the Office of Dietary Supplements of the NIH, or the USDA Nutrient Database of recommended daily allowances for more information.
Drink plenty of liquids while you are using ascorbic acid.
You must chew the chewable tablet before you swallow it.
Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release capsule. Swallow it whole.
Measure liquid medicine with the supplied measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).
Keep the orally disintegrating tablet in the package until you are ready to use it. Use dry hands to remove the tablet and place it in your mouth. Allow the orally disintegrating tablet to dissolve in your mouth without chewing.
Do not stop using ascorbic acid suddenly after long-term use at high doses, or you could have "conditional" vitamin C deficiency. Symptoms include bleeding gums, feeling very tired, and red or blue pinpoint spots around your hair follicles. Follow your doctor's instructions about tapering your dose. Conditional vitamin C deficiency can be difficult to correct without medical supervision.
Store tightly closed at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
Ascorbic acid dosing information
Usual Adult Dose for Dietary Supplement:
Oral, IM, IV, subcutaneously: 50 to 200 mg/day.
Usual Adult Dose for Urinary Acidification:
Oral, IM, IV, subcutaneously: 4 to 12 g/day in 3 to 4 divided doses.
Usual Adult Dose for Scurvy:
Oral, IM, IV, subcutaneously: 100 to 250 mg once or twice daily for a minimum of two weeks.
Usual Pediatric Dose for Dietary Supplement:
Oral, IM, IV, subcutaneously: 35 to 100 mg/day.
Usual Pediatric Dose for Urinary Acidification:
Oral, IM, IV, subcutaneously: 500 mg every 6 to 8 hours.
Usual Pediatric Dose for Scurvy:
Oral, IM, IV, subcutaneously: 100 to 300 mg/day in divided doses for a minimum of two weeks.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Use the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while using ascorbic acid?
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
What other drugs will affect ascorbic acid?
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