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vitamin c (vitamin) for treatment of Tetanus in Children with Tetanus

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    Bottom Line

  • Treatment with Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid infusion). Only one low quality study conducted, and therefore unclear benefits. Seems safe.

    • -  Evidence icon EVIDENCE | POORLY TESTED
    • -  Effectiveness icon EFFECTIVENESS | EFFECTIVE
    • -  Safety Circle icon SAFETY | PROBABLY SAFE -  Tooltip icon Consult a Doctor


Consider this treatment cautiously:

Unclear benefits. Only one small and poor quality research was done. The promising results in this research must be interpreted with caution. More and better quality research is needed. Side effects seem negligible. Look for other treatments.

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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 infusion

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    Target Population:

    Children with Tetanus, 2 to 16 years old

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    1 gram per day, infused as liquid directly into a vein, for up to 4 weeks

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    Treatment of Tetanus symptoms and complications

Research Summary

  • - Green Pages icon Poorly tested
  • 1 Clinical Studies
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  • Effective
  • Benefits:

    Very effective in saving lives, when added to normal treatment, according to a single, non-randomized, poorly reported trial. More research is needed.

  • - Safety icon Probably safe
  • Risks:

    1 gram of Vitamin C seems safe, even when infused as liquid directly into a vein. Doctor consultation is needed for diabetic children or when in taking iron.

Tetanus Overview

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    Medical problem:

    Tetanus (Clostridium tetani infection and symptoms)

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    Symptoms and signs:

    Difficulty swallowing, fever, headache, high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, spasms, spasms in abdominal muscles, spasms in back muscles, spasms in chest muscles, spasms in facial muscles, spasms in jaws muscles, spasms in neck muscles, suffocation, sweating, uncontrolled defecation and uncontrolled urination.

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    bone fractures, heart attack, 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

Additional Information

vitamin c

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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