Generic name: Ascorbic acid (vitamin c)
Pregnancy & Lactation: Risk data not available
What is Xcellent C?
Ascorbic acid is used to treat and prevent vitamin C deficiency.
Ascorbic acid is also used in supporting antioxidant activity and the immune system to work properly to protect the body from disease.
Ascorbic acid may also be used for purposes not listed in this product guide.
You should not use ascorbic acid if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a vitamin C supplement.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if ascorbic acid is safe to use if you have ever had:
- if you smoke (smoking can make ascorbic acid less effective);
- hereditary iron overload disorder (hemochromatosis); or
- kidney disease or a history of kidney stones.
Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
How should I use Xcellent C
Use Xcellent C (Oral) exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger amounts, or for longer than recommended.
The recommended daily dose of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) changes with age. Follow your healthcare provider's instructions. You may also consult the Office of Dietary Supplements of the NIH, or the USDA Nutrient Database of recommended daily allowances for more information.
Drink plenty of liquids while you are using ascorbic acid.
You must chew the chewable tablet before you swallow it.
Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release capsule. Swallow it whole.
Measure liquid medicine with the supplied measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).
Keep the orally disintegrating tablet in the package until you are ready to use it. Use dry hands to remove the tablet and place it in your mouth. Allow the orally disintegrating tablet to dissolve in your mouth without chewing.
Do not stop using ascorbic acid suddenly after long-term use at high doses, or you could have "conditional" vitamin C deficiency. Symptoms include bleeding gums, feeling very tired, and red or blue pinpoint spots around your hair follicles. Follow your doctor's instructions about tapering your dose. Conditional vitamin C deficiency can be difficult to correct without medical supervision.
Store tightly closed at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
Use the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use two doses at one time.
Xcellent C side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives, difficult breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using ascorbic acid and call your doctor at once if you have:
- joint pain, weakness or tired feeling, weight loss, stomach pain; or
- chills, fever, pain in your side or lower back, blood in your urine, painful or difficult urination.
Common side effects may include:
- heartburn, upset stomach; or
- nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1 800 FDA 1088.
What other drugs will affect Xcellent C?
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.