Ascorbic acid is used as a supplement to treat vitamin C deficiency, particularly in a condition known as scurvy.
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 it 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, swallow it 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
- 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 taking 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 a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.