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Ascorbic acid Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Nov 9, 2022.

Ascorbic acid is also known as: Acerola C, Ascocid, Ascor, Ascor L 500, Ascor L NC, Ascot, Betac, C-Time, C/Rose Hips, Cecon, Cee-500, Cemill, Cenolate, Centrum Singles-Vitamin C, Cevi-Bid, Dull-C, Ester-C, Fruit C, Mega-C-Acid Plus, Protexin, Sunkist Vitamin C, Vasoflex HD, Vita-C, Vitamin C, Vitamin C with Rose Hips

Ascorbic acid Pregnancy Warnings

Ascorbic acid has been assigned to pregnancy category A by the FDA when used in doses that are advocated by the FDA. Doses exceeding the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) have been assigned to pregnancy category C. Animal studies have not been reported. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. Ascorbic acid is only recommended for use during pregnancy when benefit outweighs risk.

High doses of ascorbic acid taken during pregnancy have been reported to cause conditional scurvy in infants following birth.

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Ascorbic acid Breastfeeding Warnings

Ascorbic acid is excreted into human breast milk. The effects in the nursing infant are unknown. The manufacturer recommends that caution be used when administering ascorbic acid to nursing women.

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References for pregnancy information

  1. "Product Information. Cemill 500 (ascorbic acid)." Abbott Pharmaceutical
  2. Briggs GG, Freeman RK, Yaffe SJ.. "Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation." Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (2002):

References for breastfeeding information

  1. "Product Information. Cemill 500 (ascorbic acid)." Abbott Pharmaceutical

Further information

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