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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.

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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:

    Adults with Pneumonia, 16 to 65 years old

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    Dosage:

    Daily dosage of 250-1,600 mg

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    Goal:

    Treatment of Pneumonia symptoms and complications

Research Summary

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  • 1 Clinical Studies
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  • 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

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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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