C-500 – Information, Uses and Side Effects


Drug Trade Name:  C -500

Category: Vitamins

Generic Name: Ascorbic Acid

Group: Vitamins


Introduction and Quick information:

Vitamins are the compounds that are required in small amount & are found naturally in food items as well. Ascorbic acid is also called as Vitamin C. It is important for various functions that take place in our body, for instance- to assist the body to use fats, protein & carbohydrates, to strengthen blood vessels as well as to heal the wound.

Lack of vitamins C causes Scurvy that leads to-

  • Bleeding and swollen gums
  • Bleeding under the skin
  • Loss of teeth
  • Depression
  • Tiredness

As a matter of fact, Ascorbic acid is very effective to treat the common cold, senility, cancer, asthma, hardening of the arteries, eye ulcers, mental problems, blood clots, allergies, gum disease, obesity & pressure sores. Nowadays it is being used to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease & some specific types of cancer as well.

Need of vitamin C increases in case of-

  • Alcoholism
  • Diarrhea (prolonged)
  • Fever (prolonged)
  • AIDS
  • Burns
  • Infection (prolonged)
  • Cancer
  • Surgical removal of stomach
  • Tuberculosis
  • Stress (continuing)
  • Intestinal diseases
  • Hyperthyroidism (Overactive thyroid)
  • Stomach ulcer

Is it approved By FDA.

US FDA is not authorized to approve supplements. Nutritional supplements do not need any approval.

Usage and Benefits of C-500:

Ascorbic acid is used for various purposes. Some of them are as follows-

  • To aid the body to use fats, protein & carbohydrates
  • To strengthen blood vessels.
  • To heal the wound.
  • To help in treating Obesity.
  • To cure a common cold, senility, gum disease, asthma, blood clots, eye ulcers, mental problems, and cancer, allergies, hardening of the arteries, & pressure sores.
  • To lower the risk of some specific types of cancer & cardiovascular disease.

C-500 Side Effects:

It is not surprising if you experience some unpleasant effects while using a particular drug because almost every medicine kicks up side effects. No matter whether it is prescribed or non prescribed. Look at the below-mentioned side effects-

Rare or Less common (with high doses)-

  • Lower or Side back pain

There are some adverse effects that fade away gradually as your body gets used to it in the course of time. You must talk to your medical health care professional to get rid of them, these are as follows-

Rare or Less common (with high doses)-

  • Diarrhea
  • Increase in urination
  • Stomach cramps
  • Faintness or dizziness (when injection is used)
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Redness or flushing of skin
  • Headache

NOTE: Please see your doctor if you see any signs of the above listed effects.

General recommended dosages of C-500

You must follow your doctor’s directions. Nutritional supplements’ dosage depends greatly on the age factor so,the dose of this drug will be different for different people.

  • Usual Adult Dose for Dietary Supplement

     Oral, IM, IV, subcutaneously: 50 to 200 mg/day.

  • Usual Adult Dose for Urinary Acidification

     Oral, IM, IV, subcutaneously: 4 to 12 g/day in 3 to 4 divided doses.

  • Usual Adult Dose for Scurvy

   Oral, IM, IV, subcutaneously: 100 to 250 mg once/twice daily for a minimum of 2   weeks.

  • Usual Pediatric Dose for Dietary Supplement

   Oral, IM, IV, subcutaneously: 35 to 100 mg/day.

  • Usual Pediatric Dose for Urinary Acidification

   Oral, IM, IV, subcutaneously: 500 mg every 6 to 8 hours.

  •  Usual Pediatric Dose for Scurvy

   Oral, IM, IV, subcutaneously: 100 to 300 mg/day in divided doses for a minimum of 2 weeks.

Method to take oral liquid form of Vitamin C-

  • This supplement may be mixed with fruit juices, cereals or other food or dropped directly into the mouth.

In case I miss the dose?

It is not a big deal if you forget to take your dose on time. Well, if it has been slipped from your mind to take the vitamin for more than one day, you need not be bothered because it takes some time for our body to lower down the level of vitamins.

You must take the missed dose the moment you remember if there is enough difference between the timing of two doses.

If it is time to take your next dose & you forgot to have your previous dose, you should take next dose on time skipping the previous dose.

In case I take overdose?

Ascorbic acid does not store in our body if we take more of this vitamin, extra amount of it will be excreted into urine.

An overdose of it interferes with tests for blood in the stool & with the tests for sugar in diabetes.

Drug Interactions of C-500:

It is your health & your money that are at the risk. You and your doctor are –or should be working together to make you well and keep you healthy. So, never hesitate to discuss any issue with your doctor regarding the drug.

Inform your doctor if you are using below listed medicines because they can interact with Vitamin C-

  • Amygdalin
  • Indinavir

If you have a problem with drinking or drugs, talk about it with your doctor to manage it. There are many ways to help you conquer such a problem because alcohols or drugs of abuse defeat the purpose of many drugs. Check with your doctor before you begin, stop, or change the amount of any drug.

Lifestyle and food habits you must follow when on C-500:

It is necessary to have a balanced diet for a good health. If you think that you are not getting vitamins & mineral in your diet, you must ask your medical health care provider about the dietary supplements that may complete the requirement of some specific mineral or vitamins.

Vitamin C is found particularly in citrus fruits like grapefruit, oranges, and lemons, green vegetables such as- cabbage, peppers, and broccoli as well as in tomatoes or potatoes. You must increase the intake of them in your diet.

Remember: vitamins are not the ultimate source that is needed for a good diet; on the other hand your body requires other substances like carbohydrates, protein & fat to get energy. Vitamins cannot work in the absence of other foods.

How safe is C-500 for pregnant women or Nursing Mothers?

It is not clear whether it is good to use Ascorbic acid during pregnancy or not. Well, Ascorbic acid is prescribed during pregnancy if the benefits are more than risks. It is found that high doses of it during pregnancy may cause conditional scurvy in infants just after birth. Better you consult your doctor about Vitamin C when you are pregnant or expecting to be pregnant.

It is found that ascorbic acid is passed into breast milk but the effect in the nursing infant is not known. So, you must talk to your medical health care professional whether to use ascorbic acid or not during breastfeeding.

Complications and Conditions possible due to prolonged use of C-500:

As we know if a medicine is ingested for a long time, it makes our body almost dependent on it. Changes in the dosages of medicines affect the functioning of the body. So, use the drug just as directed by your medical healthcare provider.

Availability of C-500:

C 500 is available into many forms like Tablet, Powder for Solution, Powder for Suspension, Liquid,  Tablet, Extended Release, Syrup,  Powder, Granule, Capsule (Liquid Filled), Capsule (Extended Release),  Solution, Wafer,  Capsule,  Tablet (Chewable) etc.

You can get C 500 at any medical store.