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Stacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answeredThe recommended dietary allowance of vitamin C varies according to certain factors. The amount needed increases as you get older and also can be increased for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Other lifestyle conditions may also affect dose. You can always obtain vitamin C by eating foods that are rich in it, like fruits and vegetables. For vitamin C supplements, you should take exactly the amount that your doctor recommends. For regular vitamin C tablets, you should swallow them with water. For chewable vitamin C tablets, you must chew the tablet entirely before swallowing. If you are being given vitamin C for scurvy diagnosis, you may receive injections or tablets. Your doctor can determine the best manner for taking vitamin C for your situation.