Brand Name: So-Cee
500 mg Capsule
Each capsule contains:
Ascorbic Acid, USP.....................................500 mg
(equivalent to Sodium Ascorbate, 562.43 mg)
Ascorbic Acid (So-Cee) contains Sodium Ascorbate or Monosodium L-Ascorbate providing ascorbic acid or vitamin C, comes with size 0 hard gelatin capsule with brown cap and orange body.
WHAT IS IN THE MEDICINE?
Each capsule contains 562.43 mg of Sodium Ascorbate that provides 500 mg of its active substance, Ascorbic Acid or Vitamin C. This vitamin is used for the prevention and treatment of Vitamin C deficiency symptoms like scurvy (characterized by capillary fragility, bleeding of small blood vessels and gums, normocytic or macrocytic anaemia, lesions of cartilages and bones and slow healing of wounds). It is essential for the synthesis of collagen and intercellular materials.
Ascorbic acid acts to stimulate the production of collagen (abundant protein of the body for protection of mucosal linings and other connective tissues for maintaining of organs) and being a potent antioxidant, it effectively fights free radicals and harmful effects of these in the body.
STRENGTH OF THE MEDICINE
Each Ascorbic Acid (So-Cee) capsule contains 562.43 mg of Sodium Ascorbate that is equivalent to 500 mg of Ascorbic Acid or Vitamin C.
WHAT IS THIS MEDICINE USED FOR?
Ascorbic Acid (So-Cee) is used for treatment and prevention of Vitamin C deficiency. This is also essential for stimulation of collagen production, helps in wound healing, increases body resistance from infectious diseases and maintains healthy connective tissues.
HOW MUCH AND HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU USE THIS MEDICINE?
Take 1-2 capsule/s per day with glassful of water for daily maintenance or as prescribed by your physician. May be taken with or without food.
WHEN SHOULD YOU NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE?
Ascorbic Acid (So-Cee) must not be taken if interactions with other drugs or substances are possible, other interacting conditions are present like hyperoxaluria and G6PD deficiency, tolerance is developed due to do prolonged intake of large doses and gastrointestinal disturbances like diarrhea are developed due to intake of large doses.
CARE THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN WHEN TAKING THIS MEDICINE?
Although Ascorbic Acid is usually well tolerated, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal disturbances are reported with its large doses. Also, this vitamin must be given with care to patients with hyperoxaluria since its large doses may also result in hyperoxaluria and the formation of renal calcium oxalate calculi. With large doses, tolerance may be induced with prolonged use and can result in haemolysis in patients with G6PD deficiency.
UNDESIRABLE EFFECTS OF THIS MEDICINE
Diarrhea and other gastrointestinal disturbances (e.g. nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, transient colic, flatulence and others). May also cause heartburn, fatigue, flushing, headache, insomnia, sleepiness; hyperoxaluria, renal calcium oxalate calculi formation; temporary faintness/ dizziness and others.
WHAT OTHER MEDICINE OR FOOD SHOULD BE AVOIDED WHILE TAKING THIS MEDICINE?
Below are the following drug and/or food interactions with this medicinal product that must be avoided.
-Induced tissue desaturation with aspirin, nicotine, iron, phenytoin, tetracycline, estrogen component of oral contraceptives and some appetite suppressant and anticonvulsant drugs.
- Reduced absorption and decreased urinary excretion with aspirin.
- Reduced serum levels if taken with oral contraceptives.
- May cause unexpected renal tubular reabsorption of acidic drugs and decreased reabsorption of basic drugs.
- May reduce the response to oral anticoagulants.
- May decrease plasma concentration of fluphenazine.
- May worsen the iron toxicity to the heart with deferroxamine.
- Induced tissue desaturation with alcohol.
Always tell your doctor about the other medicine/s you are taking.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU MISS A DOSE?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule, if still needed for the condition being treated. Do not take double dose to make up for the missed one.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF OVERDOSE
Overdosage of Ascorbic Acid or Vitamin C can cause diarrhea and hyperoxaluria causing kidney stone symptoms like severe or sudden lower back pain, pain when urinating etc.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE TAKEN MORE THAN THE RECOMMENDED DOSAGE?
If overdose is suspected, immediately consult a physician or other health care professionals or contact the nearest hospital.
HOW SHOULD YOU KEEP THIS MEDICINE?
Store at temperatures not exceeding 30°C. Protect from light, heat and moisture.
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN
WHEN SHOULD YOU CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR?
Ask the doctor if you have:
- Renal stones or other kidney problems
- Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency
- Laboratory tests involving oxidation and reduction reactions
Ask the doctor if you are:
- PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING
- Taking warfarin, iron-containing products or supplements, fluphenazine, estrogen-containing products and other drug or food products that may interact with ascorbic acid.
- Taking other medicines that may interact with Vitamin C.
Stop using and ask a physician if:
- Experiencing diarrhea or any gastrointestinal disturbances.
- Experiencing kidney stone symptoms (e.g. lower back pains, painful urination etc.)
- Other symptom/s or undesirable reaction/s that occur/s while taking this product.
- There will be laboratory interference with ascorbic acid like false-negative results with stool occult blood (48-72 hours after ingestion) and urinary glucose tests.
For suspected adverse drug reaction, report to the FDA: www.fda.gov.ph
Seek medical attention at the first sign of any adverse drug reaction.
REGISTRATION NUMBER: DRP-7276
INITIAL AUTHORIZATION DATE: JULY 21, 2017
REVISION DATE OF PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET: FIRST EDITION
Ascorbic Acid (So-Cee) 500 mg capsule is available in box of 10’s and 30’s (in blister pack of 10's).