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Vitamin C (vitamin) for treatment of Pneumonia in Adults with Pneumonia

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  • Treatment with Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid tablets). Allows faster recovery for 20% of the patients, according to the only study conducted with 140 adults with Pneumonia. More research is needed. Seems safe.



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Only one research was done, showing faster recovery in 1 in 5 patients. Although more research is needed, since side effects seem negligible, this treatment combined with traditional treatment seems reasonable.

Doctors Say That

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 Pneumonia, 16 to 65 years old

  • Dosage:

    Daily dosage of 250-1,600 mg

  • Goal:

    Treatment of Pneumonia symptoms and complications

Research Summary

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

    Treatments leads to faster recovery (within 16 days or less) for 1 in 5 patients with Pneumonia, according to a single study conducted with 140 adults

  • 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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