Ascorbic Acid is a synthetic Vitamin C and is used to treat and prevent scurvy and other Vitamin C deficiency states.
Take Ascorbic Acid exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
You may take this medicine with or without food.
Ascorbic Acid is available in different formulations such as tablet, chewable tablets, extended-release type of tablet or capsule (may be labelled “ER”), oral liquid or syrup.
If you are taking the extended-release type of tablet or capsule (may be labelled “ER, swallow them whole. Do not divide, chew, or crush the tablet or capsule.
If you are taking an oral liquid or syrup, shake the bottle well before you take it to ensure that the liquid is evenly mixed. Use the measuring spoon or cup provided to measure out your prescribed dose.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- kidney disease
- blood disorder
- an inherited condition called G6PD deficiency
If you are going for urine tests, inform your doctor that you are taking Ascorbic Acid as it can interfere with results of certain laboratory tests.
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Ascorbic Acid is generally safe when taken as prescribed.
Some side effects of this medicine are usually mild and not common. These include any of the following: headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, heartburn, stomach, cramps, flushing or redness of skin and increase production of urine.
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- antacids (medicine to neutralise acid) containing aluminium salts
- NSAIDs (medicine for pain and inflammation) e.g. aspirin
Always notify your doctor or and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.