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 Formulary Chapter 9: Nutrition and blood - Full Chapter
09.06.03  Expand sub section  Vitamin C
  • The elderly can be prone to the development of subclinical scurvy because of poor diet prophylactic doses of vitamin C are recommended for patients at risk.
  • Although vitamin C has been promoted for wound healing there is little evidence to support this.
  • Other uses for vitamin C where there is no deficiency remain unproven.
  • Ascorbic acid 1g effervescent tablets are not prescribable on FP10 by GPs.
Ascorbic Acid Tablets
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