IV Vitamin C in Critically Ill Patients

A recent review published The Annals of Intensive Care looked at 12 studies assessing the effects of IV Vitamin C on patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). The studies varied in size, structure, and the type of patient. Patients were being treated for burns, sepsis, acute kidney injuries, or receiving post-operative care. Overall, the study showed very encouraging results for the use of IV vitamin C.

Intravenous Vitamin C given at a dose of 3-10 grams per day decreased time spent on a ventilator and the amount of medicine needed to keep the blood pressure stable. Amazingly, per this review, IV vitamin C also decreased overall mortality by 75%! This analysis also found that oral Vitamin C did not produce the same results as there is only so much a patient can absorb through the gastrointestinal tract.

The results of this review on the use of IV Vitamin C are exciting and support what we believe to be true.  IV Vitamin C is a major component of our Immune Drip and many other IV therapies delivered here to patients at IPM. We regularly recommend IV vitamin C at the earliest sign of a cold or infection, pre and post-surgery to lessen the side effects of anesthesia and support faster healing, and before and after plane travel to help combat the exposure to atmospheric radiation and infections. We also recommend IV therapies for nutritional support in many chronic diseases, and for maintenance of overall health.

-Martha E. Wittenberg, MD, MPH

Institute for Progressive Medicine

4 Hughes 175 Irvine, CA 92618 Tel. (949) 600-5100


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