ASCORBIC ACID (Vitamin C) - Watsons Health

ASCORBIC ACID (Vitamin C)

Description: Ascorbic acid is a functional and principal in vivo form of vitamin C, an essential water-soluble vitamin which is fundamental in the synthesis of collagen and intercellular materials.

Vitamin C deficiency. Taking vitamin C by mouth or injecting as a shot prevents and treats vitamin C deficiency, including scurvy. Also, taking vitamin C can reverse problems associated with scurvy.

See Side Effects section.

Vitamin C taken in proper dose is safe.  Some people may experience nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach cramps, headache, and other side effects with increasing dosage. Amounts higher than 2000 mg daily are unsafe.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Vitamin C is likely safe for pregnant, breastfeeding women, infants and children.

Avoid taking supplements containing vitamin C or other antioxidant vitamins (beta-carotene, vitamin E) immediately before and following angioplasty without the supervision of a health care professional. These vitamins seem to interfere with proper healing.

Cancerous cells collect high concentrations of vitamin C. Seek the advice of your oncologist.

In older women with diabetes, vitamin C in amounts greater than 300 mg per day increases the risk of death from heart disease.

Vitamin C can increase iron absorption, which might make these thalassemia and hemochromatosis worse. Avoid large amounts of vitamin C.

Large amounts of vitamin C can increase the chance of getting kidney stones.

In glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency, large amounts of vitamin C can cause red blood cells to break in people with this condition. Avoid excessive amounts of vitamin C.

Vitamin C intake in the diet should be increased in people who smoke or chew tobacco.

Avoid using large amounts of vitamin C for people with Sickle Cell Anemia.

Precautions

See Side Effects section.

 

Interactions

Medications that may interact with vitamin C include antacids, estrpgen, fluphenazine (Prolixin), cancer drugs, HIV/AIDS drugs, statins, niacin, and warfarin.

Minor interactions may be with Aspirin, Acetaminiphen (Tylenol), Choline Magnesium Trisalicylate, nicardipine, nifedipine, and disalcid.

Overdose

Do not take more than the following amounts of vitamin C: 400 mg per day for children ages 1 to 3 years, 650 mg per day for children 4 to 8 years, 1200 mg per day for children 9 to 13 years, and 1800 mg per day for adolescents and pregnant and breast-feeding women 14 to 18 years, and 2000 mg per day for adults and pregnant and lactating women.

Most topical preparations used for aged or wrinkled skin are applied daily.

Get emergency medical help when overdose is suspected. 

Storage: Store medication in room temperature.  Do not expose to light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from pets and children.  Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour into a drain.

 

Brands

Available Brands

  • Asconvita [ Medic+Aid ]
  • Ascorbin [ Shanxi Taisheng ]
  • Ascortain [ Tianjin Pharma ]
  • C-4-Kids [ Terramedic ]
  • Cecon [ Abbott ]
  • Cecon Junior [ Abbott ]
  • Cecon Junior Syrup [ Abbott ]
  • Ceelin [ Pediatrica ]
  • Daycee [ Wert Phils ]
  • EZZ-C [ Medhaus ]
  • GSK Scott’s 30 mg Vitamin C Pastilles [ GlaxoSmithKline ]
  • Neo-C [ Le Jumont ]
  • Nutricee [ Pharma Nutria ]
  • Pedcee [ Medica Pedia ]
  • Pediafortan-C [ Medi-Rx ]
  • Poten-Cee [ Pascual ]
  • Rhea Ascorbic Acid [ Philusa ]
  • RiteMED Ascorbic Acid [ RiteMED ]
  • Tropicee [ Multicare ]
  • United Home Ascorbic Acid [ United Lab ]
  • Vitacor-C [ AD-Drugstel ]
  • Zerrucee [ Pharmatechnica ]

Also marketed as:

  • A-Cee [ Ace ]
  • Ascorcee [ Virgo ]
  • Bonalet-Cee [ Am-Europharma ]
  • CareZee [ Pharmacare ]
  • Ceenergy [ Diamond Lab ]
  • Cee-protect [ D. B. Manix ]
  • Ceetrus [ Taisho ]
  • Cetrasol [ IAE ]
  • Cetrinets Fruteez [ United Lab ]
  • Cetrinets Hello Kitty [ United Lab ]
  • Ce-Vi-Sol [ Mead Johnson Nutrition ]
  • Chilcee [ Blue Sky ]
  • Chilvit-Cee [ QX Pharma ]
  • Citrucin [ Morishita-Seggs ]
  • Cixtor [ Lloyd ]
  • Clusivol Power C [ Pfizer Consumer ]
  • Corbicid [ Square Pharma ]
  • Day-C-Vit [ Lafayette ]
  • DLI-Ascorbic Acid [ DLI ]
  • GNC Ascorbic acid [ GNC ]
  • Incee-Vit [ Interhealth Care ]
  • Korn C [ Prosel ]
  • Medcee [ JM Tolmann ]
  • Myrevit-C [ Myrex Ethica Lab ]
  • Nutra-Cee [ D. B. Manix ]
  • Orange-C [ Square Pharma ]
  • Selvon Cee SR/Selvon-C [ Prosel ]
  • Vamcee [ Vamsler ]
  • Vi-Cee [ Doctors ]
  • Vita-Procee [ Lloyd ]

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