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White And Coloured Vitamin C Tablet; Differences & Which Is Better

Difference between Drugs & Medicines
Difference between Drugs & Medicines

Differences Between White And Coloured Vitamin C Tablet: Between White and Coloured Vitamin C which is better, what are the other names for vitamin C?, In today’s writeup I will clear out some misconception about the very popular Medicines (Ascorbic Acid or Vitamin C).

Coloured vitamin C vs white vitamin C
Coloured vitamin C vs white vitamin C

Most persons must have been in a crossroad where they were not sure of the right medication to use due to one or two popular believes or should I say misconceptions that exist out there.


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The use of vitamin C is not an exception to this, for a while, I have been receiving questions pertaining to the different types of Vitamin C product available in Pharmacies. There are different strength / dose of vitamin C, and also different dosage forms available.


Vitamin C can come as a Syrup or as Tablets, the type prescribed is dependent on the person to be used on, Syrup will be administered to children while the Tablet form will be given to adult.

The tablet form can be In 500mg, 100mg e.t.c but the most common which is usually prescribed by doctors that you can easily get from the pharmacy just across the street is the 100mg vitamin C.

This 100mg vitamin C are of two types, we have the white Vitamin C chewable tablet and the Colored (Normally coloured orange) Flavored Vitamin C.

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A lot of persons believe because of the colorant and sweetener added, the coloured Vitamin C will not be as effective as the White one, whether this is true or not, is what you will be finding out in Today’s Episode of My Drug & I Series

Differences Between White And Coloured Vitamin C

Below is a quick comparison between the white and coloured vitamin C. Enjoy!!! 

Colour Difference:

One of the major difference between the white and coloured vitamin C is in the looks (appearance), appearance goes a long way in determining patients compliance to their dose regimen, hence the need to ensure the medication appears as appealling as possible to ensure drug adherence by the patient.

Let’s use you as an example, if your favorite color is green, won’t you be more inclined to take a medication that is coloured green?, I taught as much.

In order for this to be achieved certain excipient (other makeup of the drug aside the active ingredients like flavourant, colourant, e.t.c) would be required to achieve this, but whatever is been added would not in anyway affect the effectiveness of the drug.

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The taste of the white vitamin C is a bit sour unlike the coloured vitamin C that is sweet, the truth is, most active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) do not have pleasant tastes, hence, the need to mask the taste. In the event of adding sweeteners, the efficacy of the drug is not in anyway tampered.

If this is not done, taking drugs for most persons would be a night-mare excepting those who don’t mind the taste of the medicine they take.

Which is more effective White or coloured vitamin C??

Both the Coloured Vitamin C and the White Vitamin C are 100mg, this means both would render same effect when taken, so if you are in need of vitamin C tablets and for some reason your first preference is not available, taking the one available at that time is as good as the former…

There is no evidence yet, to indicate otherwise that one is more effective than the other.

What To Consider When Making A Choice

Now, with all these knowledge at your disposal making a choice is still not always the easiest, well, these are medicines, there is never an easy choice.

In order to make choosing easy for you, I have come up with some list of factors to consider before making a choice on the type of vitamin c to get…

  1. The Age, most children would obviously prefer the coloured vitamin c because of their penchant for sweets, so its more like killing two birds with one stone.
  2. Condition of the patient in question, since sweetener was used as an excipient to enhance the taste of the colored vitamin c, you should always look out for if the patient has diabetes or is  hyperglycemic.

Common Natural Vitamin C Source

vitamin c source
vitamin c sources

Aside the use of medicines, you can also enrich yourself with vitamin C from fruits, and other food source rich in vitamin C…

Below is a short list of common fruits containing Vitamin C…

  • Mango
  • Watermelon
  • Pineapple
  • Citrus Fruits (Lemon, Orange…) e.t.c

Why Take Vitamin C

Vitamin C has been shown to elicit a number of useful benefits, some of which include…

  1. It is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues
  2. It Plays key role in the maintenance of bodily functions such as formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the proper functioning of the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.

In Conclusion

The only difference between Coloured (Orange) and White Vitamin C is the colour and the taste.

With respect to pharmacological effect, they are same.

This will be all for now, I understand you may have a question or two to ask, feel free to drop them using the comment box below!

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