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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.

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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

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    Target Population:

    Adults with Flu, 16 to 65 years old

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    Dosage:

    300 mg per day

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    Goal:

    Prevention of Pneumonia symptoms and complications

Research Summary

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  • 1 Clinical Studies
  • 226 Curefacts.com - Tooltip icon 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.

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  • 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

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    Medical problem:

    Pneumonia (usually Streptococcal pneumonia lung infection and symptoms)

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    Symptoms and signs:

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

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    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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