Details of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) Salt (Generic Drug)

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Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) occurs naturally in foods such as citrus fruit, tomatoes, potatoes, and leafy vegetables. Vitamin C is important for bones and connective tissues, muscles, and blood vessels. Vitamin C also helps the body absorb iron, which is needed for red blood cell production. Ascorbic acid is used to treat and prevent vitamin C deficiency. Consult your doctor about using ascorbic acid if you have kidney disease or a history of kidney stones hereditary iron overload disorder or if you smoke (smoking can make ascorbic acid less effective). Your Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) requirements may be different during pregnancy or while you are breastfeeding a baby. Do not use ascorbic acid without your doctor's advice in either case.


Typical Uses

Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is used to prevent or treat low levels of vitamin C in people who do not get enough of the vitamin from their diets. Most people who eat a normal diet do not need extra ascorbic acid. Low levels of vitamin C can result in a condition called scurvy. Scurvy may cause symptoms such as rash, muscle weakness, joint pain, tiredness, or tooth loss. Vitamin C plays an important role in the body. It is needed to maintain the health of skin, cartilage, teeth, bone, and blood vessels. It is also used to protect your body's cells from damage. It is known as an antioxidant. This vitamin may also be used with other vitamins for a certain eye condition (macular degeneration).


Side Effects

Stop using ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and contact your doctor immediately if you have joint pain, weakness or tired feeling, weight loss, stomach pain chills, fever, increased urge to urinate, painful or difficult urination severe pain in your side or lower back, blood in your urine, heartburn, upset stomach or nausea, diarrhoea, stomach cramps.


Drug Interactions

• Ascorbic acid+amphetamine- Using ascorbic acid together with amphetamine may decrease the effects of amphetamine. Contact your doctor if your condition changes. If your doctor does prescribe these medications together, you may need a dose adjustment or special test to safely use both medications.

• Ascorbic acid+bortezomib- Talk to your doctor before using bortezomib together with ascorbic acid. Supplements that contain ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, may reduce the effectiveness of bortezomib in treating your cancer.

• Ascorbic acid+deferoxamine- Using ascorbic acid together with deferoxamine can cause heart problems and cataracts. Ascorbic acid should not be started until after the first month of deferoxamine treatment. You may need a dose adjustment or special test if you use both medications.

• Ascorbic acid+lisdexamfetamine- Using ascorbic acid together with lisdexamfetamine may decrease the effects of lisdexamfetamine. Contact your doctor if your condition changes. If your doctor does prescribe these medications together, you may need a dose adjustment or special test to safely use both medications.


Mechanism of action

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is an important nutrient found in many fresh fruits and vegetables. It is essential to a healthy diet. Vitamin C breaks down readily when foods are heated or when they sit around too long on the shelf. Vitamin C is important for proper tissue strength and is known to support collagen and cartilage growth. It also helps protect cell membranes from toxic wastes and destruction from an over-active immune system. It acts as an antioxidant and is especially effective when taken with vitamin E. Vitamin C is used for allergies and as an anti-viral medicine. Regular use may reduce your risk of cancer.


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