Ascorbic acid, commonly known as vitamin C, is often prescribed to individuals who do not receive the needed amount of vitamin C in their daily diet. A deficient amount of Vitamin C in the body could possibly lead to scurvy, an ancient disease that dates back to early Egyptian and Greek cultures. Scurvy is rare, but can occur in patients who are not able to get the needed amount of vitamin C. Vitamin C is needed by the body in order to produce collagen and to also retain iron by absorbing it into the body.
Ascorbic acid is taken orally, typically once or twice a day. Follow the product packaging instructions and ask your physician or compounding pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns.
Watch for any side effects and contact your physician or get medical attention if side effects persist or worsen. Common side effects could be any of the following, or others not on this list:
Possible severe reactions can occur with almost any medication that is being introduced into your body. Severe reactions to ascorbic acid are possible, though not common. Watch for signs of potentially severe reactions and seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the following reactions:
While the use of ascorbic acid is generally safe for most people it is still extremely important to consult with your physician before taking it. Be sure to discuss your entire medical history, current medications, as well as your pregnancy/planning of pregnancy, or breast feeding (current or planning).
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