Ascorbic acid

Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Adult: ≥240 mg daily in divided doses. For preventive therapy, 25-75 mg daily.
Child: 100-300 mg daily. For preventive therapy: Same as adult dose.

Adult: 0.5-1 g daily. For preventive therapy, 200-500 mg daily. Doses are given via IM, IV or SC inj.
Child: For curative therapy: 100-300 mg daily. For protective therapy: 30 mg daily. Doses are given via IM, IV or SC inj.
Renal Impairment
ESRD: 60-100 mg once daily.
May be taken with or without food.
IV inj: Dilute w/ large volume of glucose or normal saline.
Incompatible w/ ferric salts, oxidising agents, salts of heavy metals, particularly copper. Y-site admin: Incompatible w/ etomidate, propofol, thiopental. Syringe: Incompatible w/ cefazolin, doxapram, aminophylline, bleomycin sulfate, erythromycin, nitrufurantoin, sodium bicarbonate, nafcillin Na, sulfafurazole diethanolamine.
Special Precautions
Patient w/ hyperoxaluria, G6PD deficiency, DM, haemochromatosis. Renal impairment (e.g. renal failure, renal calculi). Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
GI disturbances (e.g. diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, transient colic, flatulent distention), heartburn, fatigue, flushing, headache, insomnia, sleepiness; hyperoxaluria, renal Ca oxalate calculi formation; temporary faintness/dizziness (IV); transient mild soreness at the site of inj (IM/SC).
IM/IV/Parenteral/PO/SC: C
Symptoms: Diarrhoea, hyperoxaluria, renal Ca oxalate calculi formation. Management: Symptomatic treatment.
Drug Interactions
Induced tissue desaturation w/ aspirin, nicotine, Fe, phenytoin, tetracycline estrogen from OCs, and some appetite suppressants and anticonvulsant drugs. Reduced absorption and decreased urinary excretion w/ aspirin. Reduced serum levels w/ OCs. May cause unexpected renal tubular reabsorption of acidic drugs and decreased reabsorption of basic drugs. May reduce response to oral anticoagulants. May decrease plasma concentration of fluphenazine. May worsen Fe toxicity to the heart w/ desferrioxamine.
Food Interaction
Induced tissue desaturation w/ alcohol.
Lab Interference
False-negative results from plasma, stool occult blood (48-72 hr after ingestion), and urinary glucose test.
Description: Ascorbic acid, a water-soluble vitamin, acts as a cofactor and antioxidant. It is essential for tissue repair and formation of collagen and intercellular materials. Additionally, it is involved in conversion of folic acid to folinic acid, synthesis of lipids and proteins, carbohydrate metabolism, iron absorption and storage, and cellular respiration.
Onset: Scurvy symptoms reversal: 2 days to 3 wk.
Absorption: Readily absorbed from the GI tract.
Distribution: Widely distributed in the body tissues. Crosses the placenta and enters breast milk. Plasma protein binding: Approx 25%.
Metabolism: Reversibly oxidised to dehydroascorbic acid (DHA), some are metabolised to the inactive metabolites, ascorbate-2-sulfate and oxalic acid.
Excretion: Via urine (as unchanged drug and as inactive metabolites). Elimination half-life: 10 hr.
Chemical Structure

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Ascorbic acid

Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Ascorbic acid, CID=54670067, (accessed on Jan. 21, 2020)

Tab/cap/liq: Store at room temp. Soln for inj: Store below 25°C. Protect from light. Do not freeze.
MIMS Class
ATC Classification
A11GA01 - ascorbic acid (vit C) ; Belongs to the class of ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Used as dietary supplements.
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