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

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  • Treatment with Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid tablets). Unclear benefits. Helps 1 in 7 patients to survive, according to the only small study conducted with 57 seniors. More research is needed. Seems safe.

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

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Unclear benefits. Only one small research was done, showing it saves 1 in 7 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:

    Seniors with Pneumonia, 65 year old and above

  • Dosage:

    200 mg per day for up to 4 weeks

  • Goal:

    Treatment of Pneumonia symptoms and complications

Research Summary

  • Poorly tested
  • 1 Clinical Studies
  • 57 Seniors Tested
  • Effective
  • Benefits:

    Treatment reduces the mortality rate by 13.7% for patients with acute bronchitis or Pneumonia, according to a single small study conducted with 57 patients.

  • Safe
  • Risks:

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

Pneumonia Overview

  • Medical problem:

    Pneumonia (usually Streptococcal pneumonia lung infection and symptoms)

  • Symptoms and signs:

    Chest pain, shaking chills, confusion, 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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