How is ascorbic acid used?

Ascorbic acid over-the-counter supplement is taken orally as directed by the healthcare provider. Physicians may also prescribe ascorbic acid to prevent and treat an illness called scurvy. Since good dietary sources of vitamin C are plentiful, scurvy is uncommon in the United States.

Ascorbic acid is used in many multiple vitamin supplement products for self care. It is also added to the intravenous mixtures administered to people who receive IV nutrition.

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