Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) is a water-soluble vitamin recommended for the prevention and treatment of scurvy. Ascorbic acid is available in generic form. Common side effects of ascorbic acid include transient mild soreness at the site of intramuscular or subcutaneous injection. Too-rapid intravenous administration of the solution may cause temporary faintness or dizziness. Other side effects of ascorbic acid include:
The average protective dose of Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) for adults is 70 to 150 mg daily. In the presence of scurvy, doses of 300 mg to 1 g daily are recommended. Ascorbic acid may influence the intensity and duration of action of bishydroxycoumarin. Tell your doctor about any prescription or over-the-counter medicines you are taking, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products. Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) injection should be given to a pregnant woman only if prescribed. It is also not known whether Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) injection can cause fetal harm. Caution should be exercised when Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) Injection is administered to a nursing woman. Consult your doctor if you are breastfeeding.
Our Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)