Brand Name: VitaCinc
Vitamin and Mineral
500 mg/ 10 mg Capsule
Each capsule contains:
Ascorbic Acid, USP…………………………….........500 mg
(equivalent to Sodium Ascorbate, 562.43 mg)
(equivalent to Zinc Sulfate Monohydrate, 27.45 mg)
Ascorbic Acid + Zinc (VitaCinc) capsule comes in size 0 hard gelatin capsule with brown cap and 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. Zinc on the other hand helps in the proper replication of cells’ DNA which is required for cells to multiply and thus needed for normal growth, cell renewal and cell repair. Vitamin C and zinc also function as cofactors of enzyme involved in collagen (abundant protein of the body for protection of mucosal linings and other connective tissues for maintaining of organs) formation and synthesis.
STRENGTH OF THE MEDICINE
See the formulation.
WHAT IS THIS MEDICINE USED FOR?
Ascorbic Acid + Zinc (VitaCinc) is used for the treatment and/or prevention of Vitamin C and Zinc deficiencies.
HOW MUCH AND HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU USE THIS MEDICINE?
Take Ascorbic Acid + Zinc (VitaCinc) orally once a day with or without food or as directed by physician.
WHEN SHOULD YOU NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE?
This medicine must not be taken if Sodium Ascorbate can potentially interact with other drugs or substances, other interacting conditions are present like hyperoxaluria and G6PD deficiency, tolerance is developed due to prolonged intake of large doses and gastrointestinal disturbances like diarrhea are developed due to intake of large doses. Also,
if allergy to any component of this product is possible.
CARE THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN WHEN TAKING THIS MEDICINE?
-Ask a physician before use if you are on a sodium restricted diet since each capsule of this product contains 65 mg of sodium (as Sodium Ascorbate).
- Do not take more than the recommended dose.
- Do not use this product after its expiration date and keep this out of reach of children.
UNDESIRABLE EFFECTS OF THIS MEDICINE
- Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid (1g or more daily)
Diarrhea and other gastrointestinal disturbances, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, abdominal cramps, insomnia, flushing, fatigue and sleepiness are reported with its large doses. Also, tolerance may be induced with prolonged intake of its large doses.
Frequently, Zinc causes gastrointestinal side effects which include abdominal pain, dyspepsia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, gastric irritation and gastritis. These are particularly common if zinc salts are taken with an empty stomach and may be reduced by giving them with meals.
WHAT OTHER MEDICINE OR FOOD SHOULD BE AVOIDED WHILE TAKING THIS MEDICINE?
With Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid, this medicine should not be taken with:
- Iron containing products especially if increase in iron excretion is undesirable.
- Estrogen containing products especially if increase in plasma estrogen concentrations is undesirable.
- Fluphenazine due to a fall in fluphenazine’s serum concentration.
- Warfarin due to reducing warfarin’s activity.
With Zinc, this medicine should not be taken with:
- Iron containing products or supplements, penicillamine, phosphorous-containing preparations and tetracyclines since the absorption of zinc may be reduced.
- Copper containing products or supplements, fluoroquinolones, iron, penicillamine and tetracyclines since zinc reduces the absorption of these substances.
- Milk, phytates (present in cereals, rice, corn, legumes etc.) since the absorption of zinc sulphate can be reduced.
Always tell your physician about the other drug/s medicine 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. Do not take a double dose.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF OVERDOSE
- Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid
Intake of Vitamin C in excess of 2 g/ day for longer period of time may lead to abdominal cramps, nausea, diarrhea and nose bleeding.
In acute overdosage zinc salts are corrosive, due to the formation of zinc chloride by stomach acid. Prolonged use of high doses of zinc supplements, orally or parenterally, leads to copper deficiency with associated sideroblastic anaemia and neutropenia.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE TAKEN MORE THAN THE RECOMMENDED DOSAGE?
If overdose is suspected, immediately consult a physician, other healthcare professionals or contact the nearest hospital.
HOW SHOULD YOU KEEP THIS MEDICINE?
Store at temperatures not exceeding 30OC.
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN
WHEN SHOULD YOU CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR?
- Consult your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, before using this product.
- If any of undesirable effects previously mentioned or new undesirable effects of this medicine are experienced while taking this medicine.
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: DR-XY46213
INITIAL AUTHORIZATION DATE: JANUARY 17, 2018
REVISION DATE OF PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET: FIRST EDITION
Ascorbic Acid + Zinc (VitaCinc) 500 mg/ 10 mg Capsule is available in box of 10’s and 30’s (in blister pack of 10’s)