Scurvy Medication

Updated: Sep 18, 2017
  • Author: Lynne Goebel, MD; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Medication

Medication Summary

The only effective therapy for scurvy is vitamin C replacement. Thus, the goal of treatment is to saturate the body rapidly with ascorbic acid; at maximum doses, body stores become saturated in a few days. With proper treatment, bleeding stops within 24 hours, and perifollicular petechiae resolve in 2 weeks.

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Vitamins

Class Summary

Vitamins are organic substances required by the body in small amounts for various metabolic processes and are essential for normal DNA synthesis and cell function. Vitamins may be synthesized in small or insufficient amounts in the body or not synthesized at all, thus requiring supplementation. They are classified as either fat soluble or water soluble. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat soluble, whereas biotin, folic acid, niacin, pantothenic acid, the B vitamins (ie, B-1, B-2, B-6, B-12), and vitamin C are generally water soluble.

Vitamin deficiency may result from an inadequate diet, from increased requirements (eg, pregnancy, lactation), or secondary to disease or drugs. Vitamin supplements are used clinically for the prevention and treatment of specific vitamin-deficiency states.

Ascorbic acid (Ascor, Vita-C, C-Time, Ascocid, Fruit C, Acerola C 500, Chew-C)

Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) administered orally or parenterally effectively cures infantile and adult scurvy. This vitamin is used by the body for collagen synthesis and tissue repair.

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