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Vitamin C (vitamin) for prevention of Common Cold in healthy Children

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    Ineffective

    Bottom Line

  • Prevention with Vitamin C supplement (Ascorbic acid tablets). 4 valid study conducted, with 1,691 children. Prevents only 1 in 236 Common Cold cases, or less. May slightly reduce severity of cold and speed up recovery. Seems safe.

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Recommendations

Do not use this treatment:

It does not prevent cold symptoms in 99.6% of the cases. The treatment seems safe but pointless.

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Any excess of Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) is evacuated from our body through the urine. This makes vitamin C pretty safe even in high dosages.

About Vitamin C (vitamin)

Ascorbic Acid tablets

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    Target Population:

    healthy Children, 2 to 16 years old

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    Dosage:

    Daily dosage of 0.2 gram per day, or more (adjusted to age, gender and body weight).

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    Goal:

    Prevention of Common Cold symptoms

Research Summary

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  • 4 Clinical Studies
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  • Negligible benefits
  • Benefits:

    Prevents only 1 in 236 cases of Common cold. Speeds up recovery by 14%, and may reduce the severity of colds.

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  • Risks:

    0.2-2 gram of Vitamin C per day seems safe for healthy children and has no side effects. Doctor consultation is needed for diabetic children, or when in-taking iron (since Vitamin C increases iron absorption).

Common Cold Overview

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    Medical problem:

    Common Cold (symptoms caused by viral infection of the upper respiratory system).

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    Symptoms and signs:

    Cough, general discomfort, headache, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, stuffy nose and weakness.

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    Complications:

    Bacterial infections: lung infection, middle ear infection, strep throat, sinus infection.

Other Treatments

Brand Names

Vitamin C (supplement)

  • Ascoltin
  • Ascot
  • C-500 Chewable Tablet
  • C-Time
  • Cecon Drops
  • Centrum Singles - Vitamin C
  • Cevi-Bid
  • Sunkist Vitamin C
  • Vicks Vitamin C Drops
  • Ester-C
  • Vasoflex HD
  • Acerola
  • Ascocid
  • Ascor L 500
  • Ascorbic Acid Quick Melts
  • Betac
  • Cemill
  • Cenolate

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