NY Uses High-Dose Vitamin C Against Coronavirus

As part of a protocol with the anti-malaria drug, an antibiotic, biologics, and blood thinners

Long Island, New York coronavirus patients are receiving massive, potentially live-saving doses of intravenous vitamin C, says pulmonologist Andrew G. Weber, MD, a critical care specialist associated with two Northwell Health hospital facilities.

Dr. Weber reports that seriously ill patients who are being treated in intensive care for coronavirus are immediately given 1,500 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C delivered intravenously.

This procedure is being repeated up to four times a day, he adds.

The usual adult daily dose that organizations such as the National Institutes of Health recommend is 75 to 90 mg.

Reports from Shanghai, China, are promising, the doctor said.

“The patients who received vitamin C did significantly better than those who did not get vitamin C,” he told The New York Post. “It helps a tremendous amount, but it is not highlighted because it’s not a sexy drug.”

Vitamin C is “widely used” as a treatment with variations in protocol and often with other drugs, said Jason Moline, a spokesperson for Northwell Health, which has 23 hospitals in its system, including Lenox Hill Hospital on Manhattan’s fashionable Upper East Side.

Vitamin C is being used as part of a larger treatment protocol that includes the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, an antibiotic called azithromycin, biologics, and blood thinners.

Doctors are finding dramatic decreases in blood levels of vitamin C in coronavirus patients accompanying a worsening of their condition, including sepsis and extreme inflammatory responses.

“It makes all the sense in the world to try and maintain this level of vitamin C,” he said.

Intravenous vitamin C is being studied in a clinical trial being conducted at Zhongnan Hospital in Wuhan, China, which was the original epicenter of the pandemic.

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