Infusion Therapy with High Doses of Vitamin C
High doses of vitamin C infused as supportive care.
Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is essential for humans. It is essential for detoxification of foreign substances in the liver, proper fat metabolism, participates in the formation of collagen (important for example for joints, vessel walls, skin elasticity), it blocks the production of carcinogens, supports immune processes and brain function, promotes the absorption of iron, which is important for the production and function of red blood cells.
If the level of vitamin C in the body is low, there is a risk of developing diseases caused by oxidative stress. which is co-responsible for the development of chronic inflammation, which is the cause of allergies, depressive disorders, osteoporosis, recurrent infections, cancer, but also burnout syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Vitamin C cannot be produced by the human body and must therefore be supplied to the body. Higher concentrations cannot be achieved by intestinal intake. High gram doses can be suddenly given by intravenous administration. The achieved high concentration returns to the initial value before infusion within 6-8 hours after administration, therefore it is advisable to repeat the infusion.
Indications for administration of vitamin C by infusion
- Prevention - support of immune reactions in the period of increased incidence of infections
- significant stress
- mental strain or physical exertion (including sports)
- recurrent infections
- rheumatic diseases
- joint pain
- metabolic syndrome (obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes)
- autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, etc.)
- cancer (at any stage)
Contraindications to the administration of vitamin C by infusion
- caution should be exercised in the indication and administration in patients with:
- oxalate kidney stones, with kidney diseases
- diseases of excessive iron storage in the body
- haemolysis may occur by patients with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency
Vitamin C may affect the effect of medicines on blood thinning, it may increase the effectiveness of antiplatelet drugs (Anopyrin, Godasal), increase plasma levels of hormonal contraceptive tablets, may lead to inaccurate blood sugar levels.
Conditions when we can administer vitamin C by infusion:
- acute and chronic inflammatory diseases, prevention of inflammatory diseases - 2-3 times a week for 2-6 weeks
- inflammatory rheumatic diseases - 2-3 times a week for 1 month
- acute and chronic allergies - 2-4 times a week, from the 3rd week 1-2 times a week until the symptoms subside
- wounds - after surgery or injury - several days once a day, then 2.-4. week 1-2 times a week until healing
- cancer - 2-3 times a week for 6 weeks, the cure can be repeated after 3 weeks (after the recommendation of an oncologist)
Infusion therapy with vitamin C should be supplemented with daily use of Vitamin E (200-400 IU), Vitamin A (5000 IU) and Betacarotene (16-60 mg) in the form of tablets, or with Zinc, Selenium and omega-3 fatty acids. It is recommended to drink at least 2 liters of fluids in a day of the infusion. On non-infused days, the administration of vitamin C in tablets of 200 mg is recommended.