Ascorbic AcidGeneric Name:
Ascorbic Acid (ASS-kor-bik ASS-id)Brand Name:
Generic only. No brands available.
Ascorbic Acid are used for:
Treating and preventing low levels of vitamin C. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Ascorbic Acid are a vitamin. It works by supplementing vitamin C, which is used in many functions in the body.
Do NOT use Ascorbic Acid if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Ascorbic Acid
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Ascorbic Acid:
Some medical conditions may interact with Ascorbic Acid. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have diabetes, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, a high iron level in the blood, anemia (eg, sickle cell, sideroblastic, thalassemia), or kidney stones
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Ascorbic Acid. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because side effects may be increased by Ascorbic Acid
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Ascorbic Acid may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Ascorbic Acid:
Use Ascorbic Acid as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Ascorbic Acid may be taken with or without food.
- Take Ascorbic Acid with a full glass of water (8 oz/240 mL). Do not lie down for 30 minutes after taking Ascorbic Acid.
- If you miss a dose of Ascorbic Acid, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Ascorbic Acid.
Important safety information:
- Do not take large doses of vitamins (megadoses or megavitamin therapy) while taking Ascorbic Acid unless directed to by your doctor.
- Ascorbic Acid may cause incorrect results with some in-home cholesterol test kits. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking Ascorbic Acid and need to check your cholesterol at home.
- Diabetes patients - Ascorbic Acid may cause incorrect test results with some urine glucose tests. Check with your doctor before you adjust the dose of your diabetes medicine or change your diet.
- Ascorbic Acid may cause incorrect test results with kits used to check for blood in the stool. Check with your doctor if you are taking Ascorbic Acid when using the test kit.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking Ascorbic Acid, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Ascorbic Acid during pregnancy. Ascorbic Acid are excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Ascorbic Acid, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Ascorbic Acid:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Diarrhea; nausea; upset stomach; vomiting.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); kidney stones (eg, abdominal pain/back pain, painful urination).
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include gout.Proper storage of Ascorbic Acid:
Store Ascorbic Acid at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Ascorbic Acid out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Ascorbic Acid, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Ascorbic Acid are to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Ascorbic Acid. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
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