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Vitamin C (vitamin) for prevention of Pneumonia in Adults with Flu

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  • Prevention with Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid tablets). Unclear benefits. Prevents 1 case of Pneumonia in 14 adults with flu, according to the only study conducted with 226 soldiers with flu. More research is needed, and with regular adults. Treatment seems safe.

    • EVIDENCE | POORLY TESTED
    • EFFECTIVENESS | EFFECTIVE
    • SAFETY | SAFE

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Not enough data exists on benefits, but the existing data shows remarkable effectiveness and the side effects seem negligible.

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Only soldiers participated in the included study. Further research with older and more representative adult population is required in order to validate the conclusions.

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

  • Target Population:

    Adults with Flu, 16 to 65 years old

  • Dosage:

    300 mg per day

  • Goal:

    Prevention of Pneumonia symptoms and complications

Research Summary

  • Poorly tested
  • 1 Clinical Studies
  • 226 Adults Tested
  • Effective
  • Benefits:

    Prevents 1 case of Pneumonia in 14 adults with flu, according to a single study conducted with 226 soldiers that had flu.

  • Safe
  • Risks:

    Up to 2 grams of Vitamin C per day seems safe for adults and has no side effects. Doctor consultation is needed for diabetic adults or when in taking iron.

Pneumonia Overview

  • Medical problem:

    Pneumonia (usually Streptococcal pneumonia lung infection and symptoms)

  • Symptoms and signs:

    Chest pain, shaking chills, cough, excessive sweating, fatigue, fever, headache, loss of appetite, low energy and shortness of breath.

  • Complications:

    Bacteria in the bloodstream (bacteremia), lung abscess, fluid accumulation around the lungs (pleural effusion) and infection of such fluid (empyema), death

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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Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid and L-ascorbic acid, is a vitamin found in food and used as a dietary supplement. As a supplement it is used to treat and prevent scurvy. Evidence does not support use in the general population for the prevention of the common cold. It may be taken by mouth or by injection. It is generally well tolerated. Vitamin C was discovered in 1912, isolated in 1928, and first made in 1933. (source)
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