Ascorbic acid is used as a supplement to treat vitamin C deficiency, particularly in a condition known as scurvy.
Ascorbic acid injection may be given intramuscularly (into the muscle), subcutaneously (into the fatty layer under the skin, usually in the abdomen or thighs) or intravenously (into the vein).
Your doctor or nurse will administer the injection for you.
Ensure that you keep all appointments with your doctor so that you do not miss any doses.
If you miss an appointment or miss an injection, alert your doctor or nurse. A replacement appointment or injection should be given as soon as possible.
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- kidney disease
- history of or at risk for kidney stones (abnormal stone like mass formation)
- G6PD deficiency (an inherited blood disorder that affects the red blood cell)
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you are going for certain laboratory tests, inform your doctor that you are receiving Ascorbic acid as it may interfere with the results of these tests.
Ascorbic acid may cause any of the following side effects: diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache.
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:
- iron containing medicines
- antacids (medicine that reduces stomach acid production) containing aluminium salts
- aspirin (medicine for pain and inflammation)
- estrogen containing contraceptives
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Ascorbic acid.
Always notify your doctor 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 the refrigerator, between 2-8°C. Protect from light.
Keep away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.