ascorbic acid (generic name)

C/Rose Hips (brand name)

It is used to treat or prevent low levels of vitamin C and to treat scurvy
(a SKOR bik AS id)
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What is this medicine?

ASCORBIC ACID (a SKOR bik AS id) is a naturally occurring form of vitamin C. It is used to treat or prevent low levels of vitamin C and to treat scurvy.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:
  • anemia
  • diabetes
  • glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency
  • kidney stones
  • low sodium diet
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to ascorbic acid, tartrazine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth. Chew it completely before swallowing. Follow the directions on the package or prescription label. You may take this medicine with or without food. If it upsets your stomach take it with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • deferoxamine
  • iron supplements

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Follow a good diet. Taking a vitamin supplement does not replace the need for a balanced diet. Some foods that have vitamin C naturally are citrus fruits, green peppers, broccoli, cabbage, and tomatoes.

If you are diabetic very high doses of ascorbic acid can interfere with tests for sugar in the urine. Talk to your doctor or heath care professional if you check your urine glucose levels.

Rinse or brush teeth after use to avoid causing tooth cavities.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • diarrhea with headache or nausea
  • flushing or redness of skin
  • pain in lower back, side, or stomach

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • bad taste in the mouth
  • stomach upset

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F) or as directed on the package label. Protect from heat and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: March 17, 2009
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