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Vitamin C

Jreptile

Synonym(s): Ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid, Vita-C, Dull-C, Redoxon


Introduction

Name

  • Vitamin C.

Class of drug

  • Vitamin.

Description

Chemical name

  • (5R)-5-[(1S)-1,2-Dihydroxyethyl]-3,4-dihydroxy-2(5H)-furanon.

Molecular formula

  • C6H8O6.

Molecular weight

  • 176.12.

Physical properties

  • White to slightly yellow crystal or powder.
  • Freely soluble in water and sparingly soluble in alcohol.

Storage requirements

  • Protect from air and light.
  • Store vials and multi-dose vials in the refrigerator and open while still cold.
  • Vitamin C slowly darkens upon light exposure. Slight discoloration does not affect potency.

Uses

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Indications

  • To treat cases of hypovitaminosis C. This condition has been reported in anorexic/cachectic pythons and boas and may be associated with a collagen defect Nutritional requirements.
  • As snakes eat whole prey, vitamin C deficiency is unlikely in snakes eating properly.

Administration

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Pharmacokinetics

Precautions

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Adverse Reactions

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Plumb D (2015) Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook. 8th edn. Wiley-Blackwell, USA. pp 1296.
  • Mader D R (2006) Ed. Reptile Medicine and Surgery. Saunders Elsevier, USA. pp 1242.
  • Girling S J & Raiti P (2004) BSAVA Manual of Reptiles. BSAVA, UK. pp 383.

Organisation(s)

  • National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) Compendium of Data Sheets for Animal Medicines. Website: www.noahcompendium.co.uk.

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