On-line Vitamin C

Brand Name(s): Ascorbicap, Ce-Vi-Sol, Cecon, Cetane, Cevalin, CeviBid, Flavorcee, Vitamin C

Generic Name Ascorbic Acid

What are ascorbic acid tablets or capsules?

ASCORBIC ACID (Vitamin C) is a naturally occurring vitamin found in fruits and vegetables such as citrus fruits and green peppers. Ascorbic acid treats scurvy caused by vitamin C deficiency. Symptoms of scurvy include muscle weakness, swollen and bleeding gums, loss of teeth, bleeding under the skin, tiredness, and depression. Ascorbic acid tablets, extended-release capsules, extended-release tablets, and chewable tablets are available, most as generic products.

What should my health care professional know before I take ascorbic acid?

They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:

  • anemia
  • diabetes
  • glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency
  • kidney stones
  • sodium restrictions
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to ascorbic acid, other medicines, foods, tartrazine dye or other dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I take this medicine?

Take ascorbic acid tablets or capsules by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow regular tablets with a glass of water. Dissolve effervescent tablets in water immediately before use. Chewable tablets can be chewed, or crushed and mixed with food before taking. If you are taking extended-release tablets or capsules, swallow them whole, do not crush or chew.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, skip that dose. Continue with your next scheduled dose.

What drug(s) may interact with ascorbic acid?

  • deferoxamine
  • disulfiram
  • iron salts
  • mexiletine

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What side effects may I notice from taking ascorbic acid?

The recommended daily allowance of ascorbic acid does not usually cause any side effects.

Side effects related to overdose include:

  • diarrhea
  • flushing or redness of skin
  • headache
  • nausea
  • side or lower back pain
  • stomach pain or cramps

What should I watch for while taking ascorbic acid?

Make sure you have a proper diet. Taking ascorbic acid does not replace the need for a balanced diet. Some foods that contain ascorbic acid include: green peppers, broccoli, cabbage, lemons, oranges, grapefruit, tomatoes and potatoes.

If you are on a salt-restricted diet check the ingredients of this medicine. If the preparation you are taking contains sodium ascorbate you may be taking too much sodium.

If you are diabetic very high doses of ascorbic acid can interfere with tests for sugar in the urine.

If you are taking chewable tablets; rinse or brush teeth after use to avoid causing tooth cavities. Do not use too many chewable tablets.

Where can I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 °C (59 and 86 °F). Protect from light. Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

(Note: The above information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It is not meant to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.)

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