Vitamin C helps the body in many ways. It boosts up the immunity and is necessary for the normal growth and development. It acts as an antioxidant thereby prevents the cell damage and slows down the aging process. Vitamin C also plays a major role in wound healing. It helps the body to absorb iron, which is essential for the production of RBCs. It is used in the treatment of scurvy. It prevents the possibility of cataract and lead toxicity. It is also used to lower blood pressure. Calcium lactate is used to treat low blood calcium levels in the patients who do not get adequate calcium from their diets. It is also used to treat osteoporosis (bone loss), osteomalacia (weak bones), rickets, hypoparathyroidism. It is also given to the women who are pregnant, nursing, and postmenopausal. Ferrous gluconate is the synthetic molecule of ascorbic acid and iron. Ferrous gluconate is used to treat low blood levels of iron in anemia and pregnancy. An ascorbic acid of ferrous gluconate increases the absorption of iron from the stomach. Menadione is used to prevent clotting of blood, to treat blood clots in the brain, heart, lungs and other parts of the body. Menadione is also used to prevent heart attacks or strokes or paralysis due to blood clots.
How does the drug work?
Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid which is an antioxidant. Antioxidants act by blocking free radicals which can damage the cells. Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen which is an important protein for healthy skin, hair, nails, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. Calcium lactate plays a key role in the body. It is a water soluble calcium supplement. It is the combination of calcium salt with citric acid and malic acid. It has high bioavailability and dissolution. When absorbed by the body it releases calcium ions and calcium citrate complex. Calcium ions are directly absorbed into intestinal cells, and citrate complex enters through paracellular absorption. Ferrous gluconate helps in the synthesis of hemoglobin which is required by the red blood cells to carry oxygen from the lungs to the other body parts and to carry carbon dioxide from the body parts to the lungs. It is also involved in the synthesis of myoglobin which stores oxygen in the muscles. Menadione is an anti-coagulant, which is a synthetic derivative of vitaminK
3. It acts by preventing the formation of blood clotting factors thereby preventing the clotting of blood.
What are the common side effect?
Vitamin C side effects include nausea and vomiting, headache, flushing, skin redness, back pain, diarrhea, stomach cramp, and stomach upset. The rare side effects of Calcium lactate are constipation, stomach upset, loss of appetite, weight loss, and increased thirst. The common side effects of ferrous gluconate are constipation, diarrhea, stomach upset or cramps, and black stools. Menadione side effects include nausea and vomiting, vomiting of blood, liver dysfunction, brain hemorrhage, blood in urine, diarrhea, rectal hemorrhage, decreased hematocrit level, decreased hemoglobin level in blood, purple toes syndrome, pancreatic inflammation, gastrointestinal disorder, hair loss, jaundice, rash, skin necrosis, skin redness, and swelling.
• Drink plenty of liquids while taking CVP.
• Consult the doctor before taking CVP in case of pregnancy or breast-feeding.
• Avoid CVP capsules in case of allergy to any of its ingredients.
• Patients with kidney disease should consult the doctor before taking CVP medication.
• Avoid CVP drug in case of bleeding problems or a recent history of brain stroke.
• Avoid CVP use in patients who underwent surgery or scheduled to undergo any surgery in the next 72 hours.
• Avoid using medicine CVP in case of pregnancy or planning to become pregnant or have delivered a child in the last 48 hours.
• Patients taking blood thinners must avoid CVP drug.
• Avoid alcohol and tobacco while taking CVP.
FAQs :Vitamin C
1. Is it safe to take iron tablets along with vitamin C? Yes, vitamin C helps to increase the absorption of iron.
2. I am experiencing cold very often, my doctor prescribed vitamin C, how does this help? Frequent cold attacks may be a result of decreased immunity. Vitamin C helps to boost your immunity thereby reducing your cold attacks.
3. Can I take vitamin C for acne? Vitamin C helps in growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body, including skin. However, consult your doctor before using vitamin C or any condition.
4. How does vitamin C serum help to improve my skin tone? Vitamin C is a most common ingredient in the skin care products. Because of its anti-oxidant properties it fights free-radicals and helps to produce collagen naturally thereby improving your skin tone.
5. What is the usual frequency of Vitamin C? Vitamin C can be taken at a frequency of once a day to thrice a day safely. However, it depends on the individual’s condition. Consult your doctor about the frequency of the dose. Calcium lactate
1. I experience increased urination while taking Calcium lactate. What should I do now? Increased urination is a common side effect of Calcium lactate. Seek medical advice if the condition worsens.
2. What if I overdose? Patients with an overdose of Calcium lactate may have symptoms of allergic reactions such as itching, swelling, dizziness, and trouble breathing.
3. What are the drugs I should avoid while using Calcium lactate? Avoid drugs such as digoxin or phosphate binders while taking Calcium lactate.
4. I am on Quinolone antibiotics. Can I take Calcium lactate along with it? No, Quinolone antibiotics may decrease the absorption of calcium lactate.
5. In which conditions I should avoid Calcium lactate? You should not take Calcium lactate in the conditions such as high calcium levels in the body, malabsorption syndrome, kidney stones, and gallstones. Ferrous gluconate
1. How to take ferrous gluconate? Take ferrous gluconate one to two hours before food (on an empty stomach) with a glass of water. This helps in better absorption of the drug.
2. What should I do if I take an overdose of ferrous gluconate? If you have taken an overdose of iron supplements, then you may develop symptoms such as stomach pain, vomiting, shallow breath, blue lips, cold and clammy skin. Call up for an immediate medical attention.
3. What should I avoid while taking ferrous gluconate? Do not take antacids, caffeine, tea or any dairy products at least for two hours after taking iron supplements.
4. What should I do if I have swelling of face or lips with ferrous gluconate? Swelling of face or lips with ferrous gluconate can be a sign of serious allergic reaction. You must get immediate medical help.
5. I have black stools while taking ferrous gluconate. Do I need to stop medication? The appearance of black colored stools is a common side effect which occurs with ferrous gluconate. Report it to the doctor if the condition worsens. Menadione
1. Is Menadione safe with any kind of foods? No. Menadione should be avoided with foods rich in vitamin K such as spinach, broccoli, spring onions, cucumber, collards, and dried basil.
2. Can I take aspirin for pain if I am taking menadione? No. Aspirin is a blood thinning agent. Aspirin, when taken with menadione, may increase the risk of bleeding.
3. Does menadione cause constipation? Menadione may cause constipation. If you experience such symptoms, please consult your doctor.
4. Is it safe to take alcohol while on menadione medication? It is highly unsafe to take alcohol with menadione.
5. Is it safe to drive while taking menadione medication? Menadione may not cause dizziness or drowsiness, so it may be safe to drive while taking this medication. But in case if you notice such symptoms avoid activities requiring alertness and consult your doctor immediately.