Which medications in the drug class Vitamins, Water Soluble are used in the treatment of Methemoglobinemia?

Updated: Dec 09, 2018
  • Author: Mary Denshaw-Burke, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Vitamins, Water Soluble

Vitamins are essential for normal metabolic functioning of the body. Important: they act as cofactors in erythrocyte glutathione reductase and NADH dehydrogenase.

Ascorbic acid (Vita-C, Ascocid-500, C-Gel, Chew-C)

Ascorbic acid is an antioxidant and coenzyme for reduction. It may be helpful in the treatment of congenital methemoglobinemia if used daily and on a continual basis. Although it can occasionally reduce the cyanosis associated with chronic methemoglobinemia, it has no role in the treatment of acute acquired methemoglobinemia.

Riboflavin (Ribo-100)

Riboflavin can reduce the cyanosis associated with chronic methemoglobinemia but has no role in the treatment of acute severe acquired methemoglobinemia.


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