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Ascorbic Acid
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Ascorbic Acid Overview

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U.S. Brand Names

Acerola [OTC]; Asco-Caps [OTC]; Asco-Tabs [OTC]; Ascocid® [OTC]; Ascor L 500®; Ascor L NC®; C-Gel [OTC]; C-Gram [OTC]; C-Time [OTC]; Cecon® [OTC] [DSC]; Cemill [OTC]; Cenolate® [DSC]; Chew-C [OTC]; Dull-C® [OTC]; Mild-C® [OTC]; One Gram C [OTC]; Time-C [OTC]; Time-C-Bio [OTC]; Vicks® Vitamin C [OTC]; Vita-C® [OTC]

Canadian Brand Names

Proflavanol C™; Revitalose C-1000®

Mexican Brand Names

Cevalin; Femiprim; Ácido ascórbico

Pharmacologic Category

Vitamin, Water Soluble

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to ascorbic acid or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

How does it work?

• Ascorbic acid is a dietary supplement.

How is it best taken?

All forms: • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.

Oral: • Take this medicine with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.

• Take this medicine with a full glass of water.

• Mix powder with water and drink.

• A liquid (solution) is available if you cannot swallow pills.

• Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.

• Chewable tablet: Chew or crush well. Mix crushed tablet with food. Do not swallow whole.

• Long-acting products: Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

Injection (I.V.): • This medicine is given as a shot into a muscle, vein, or into the fatty part of the skin.

• Your healthcare provider may teach you how to give the shot.

• Wash hands before and after use.

• Throw away needles in needle/sharp disposal box and return box to healthcare provider when full.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

How should I store this medicine?

• Store tablets at room temperature.

• Protect tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

• Store liquid (solution) at room temperature. Throw away any unused portion after 6 weeks.

• Protect from light.

• Store injection in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2005-04-07 16:19:25.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:19:13.0

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