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

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  • Prevention with high dosage of Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid infusion). Seems ineffective. Only one small study conducted, in 37 adults with burns. More research is needed. Mild side effects may include stomach pain.



Do not use this treatment:

The very limited data that exists shows no benefits. Side effects seem minor.

Doctors Say That

Patients hospitalized with severe burns are highly exposed to viruses and bacteria, and therefore to hospital-acquired pneumonia.

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 infusion

  • Target Population:

    Adults with burns, 16 to 65 years old

  • Dosage:

    110 gram, infused as liquid directly into a vein, for 1 day, for a 70 kg. person

  • Goal:

    Prevention of Pneumonia symptoms and complications

Research Summary

  • Poorly tested
  • 1 Clinical Studies
  • 37 Adults Tested
  • Ineffective
  • Benefits:

    Does not prevent Pneumonia in adults with burns, according to a single small study conducted with 37 patients with severe burns.

  • Mild risks
  • Risks:

    High dosage of Vitamin C may cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach pain and discomfort, headache, insomnia and kidney stones. 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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