ascorbic acid (vitamin C) (cont.)
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- What is ascorbic acid (Acerola, Ascorbic Acid Quick Melts, C/Rose Hips, Cecon, Cemill 1000, Cemill 500, C-Time, Ester-C, N Ice with Vitamin C, Sunkist Vitamin C, Vicks Vitamin C Drops, Vitamin C, Vitamin C TR, Vitamin C with Rose Hips)?
- What are the possible side effects of ascorbic acid?
- What is the most important information I should know about ascorbic acid?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking ascorbic acid?
- How should I take ascorbic acid?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while taking ascorbic acid?
- What other drugs will affect ascorbic acid?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
An overdose of ascorbic acid is not likely to cause life-threatening symptoms.
What should I avoid while taking ascorbic acid?
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
Smoking can make ascorbic acid less effective.
What other drugs will affect ascorbic acid?
Ascorbic acid can be harmful to the kidneys, and this effect is increased when ascorbic acid is used together with other medicines that can harm the kidneys. Before taking ascorbic acid, tell your doctor if you are receiving chemotherapy, or using medicines to treat a bowel disorder, medication to prevent organ transplant rejection, antiviral medications, pain or arthritis medicines, or any injected antibiotics.
You may need dose adjustments or special tests when taking any of these medications together with ascorbic acid.
The following drugs can interact with ascorbic acid. Tell your doctor if you are using any of these:
- aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol);
- fluphenazine (Permitil);
- indinavir (Crixivan);
- levodopa (Atamet, Larodopa, Parcopa, Sinemet);
- nicotine patches (Nicoderm, Habitrol, Commit);
- antacids that contain aluminum (such as Amphojel, Maalox, Mylanta, Rulox, and others);
- an antibiotic such as demeclocycline (Declomycin), doxycycline (Adoxa, Doryx, Oracea, Vibramycin), minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin, Solodyn, Vectrin), or tetracycline (Brodspec, Panmycin, Sumycin, Tetracap); or
- a barbiturate such as butabarbital (Butisol), secobarbital (Seconal), pentobarbital (Nembutal), or phenobarbital (Solfoton);
- birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy, including Premarin, Estratest, Vivelle, Climara, Estring, Estrace, and others; or
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin).
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with ascorbic acid. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider may have more information about ascorbic acid.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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