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Ascorbic Acid Description

Ascorbic Acid Description


Pronunciation: (a skor' bik)

Trade Name(s): Betonin Capsule, BNC, Cecon drops, Celetta, Celin, Chewcee, Chewtab. multivit, Citravite, CobadexForte, Comfortex, Delirek, Dropovit, Eldervit, Haff-c-plex, Hycibex, I-VIT, Limcee, Mannavit, Mittavin, Nestosule, Ovista, Polybion, Sanvitone, Sioplex, Stresscaps, Surbex-T, Theragran, Vi-magna, Vi-Syneral drops, Xenex Forte, Zebicom, Zincovit

Why it is prescribed: Ascorbic acid is used to prevent and treat scurvy, a disease caused by a lack of vitamin C in the body. It may be used to supplement the diet of people needing more vitamin C than normal, such as pregnant women, growing children, and people who smoke or have burns, infections, bowel disease, or other types of stress.

When it is to be taken: Ascorbic acid is usually taken once a day. Try to take it at the same time each day, so pick a time that is easy for you to remember. It may take up to three weeks for symptoms of scurvy to improve.

How it should be taken: 1. Ascorbic acid comes in the form of extended-release capsules, tablets, and liquid drops.
2. Some tablets should be chewed; other tablets and capsules should be swallowed with a full glass of water.
3. Read the label carefully. You do not need a prescription for this drug.
4. Follow the instructions on the label for dose and dosage regulations.
5. If your doctor prescribes ascorbic acid for you, follow the instructions on your prescription label; your doctor has indicated the proper dose for your condition.

Special Instruction: 1. Do not take it for long periods and do not take higher doses without consulting your doctor.
2. Some forms of ascorbic acid contain sodium and should be avoided if you are on a sodium or salt restricted diet.
3. Your doctor may suggest changes in your diet to give you more vitamin C.
4.If you forget to take a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose.

Side Effects: Although side effects from ascorbic acid are not common, they can occur. Diarrhea and stomach upset are seen commonly.

Other Precautions: 1. Large doses of ascorbic acid may cause kidney stones. Check with your doctor before taking large doses with a prescription.
2. If you are taking aspirin on a regular schedule, consult your doctor before taking ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid may affect laboratory tests, including urine tests for sugar.
3. Diabetics should consult their doctor or pharmacist for the correct way to test their urine while taking large amounts of ascorbic acid.
4. Before you have any tests, tell the laboratory personnel and doctor that you are taking this medication.
5. Women who are pregnant should inform their doctors that they take ascorbic acid.

Storage Conditions: 1. Keep this medication in a tightly closed container.
2. Keep it out of the reach of children.
3. Store the container at room temperature, out of direct sunlight and away from extreme heat.

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