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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 with a glass of water. 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.

               
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