Health Guide

Ascorbic acid (By injection)

Ascorbic Acid (as-KORE-bik AS-id)

Treats scurvy (lack of vitamin C in your body). Also helps in wound healing caused by fractures and burns.

Brand Name(s):

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

This medicine is not right for everyone. You should not receive it if you had an allergic reaction to ascorbic acid.

How to Use This Medicine:


  • Your doctor will prescribe your dose and schedule. This medicine is given through a needle placed in a vein.
  • A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Some medicines can affect how ascorbic acid works. Tell your doctor if you are using any of the following:
    • Amphetamine, fluphenazine
    • Blood thinner (including warfarin)
    • Medicine to treat an infection (including bleomycin, doxycycline, erythromycin, kanamycin, lincomycin, streptomycin)

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, G6PD deficiency, or a history of kidney stones.
  • This medicine may cause the following problems:
    • Kidney problems, including kidney stones
    • Hemolysis (breakdown of red blood cells) in patients with G6PD deficiency
  • Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect certain medical test results.
  • Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Change in how much or how often you urinate, lower back or side pain
  • Dark urine, stomach pain, fever, yellow eyes or skin

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the needle is placed

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Last Updated: 7/4/2018
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