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Vitamin B12 Injections

What You Need to Know

A syringe filled with red vitamin b12 injection against a background of vials
Vitamin B12 Injection

Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient that helps your body make red blood cells, maintain your nervous system, and produce DNA. It is found naturally in animal products, such as meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy products. However, some people may not get enough vitamin B12 from their diet, or they may have a condition that prevents their body from absorbing vitamin B12.

If you have a vitamin B12 deficiency, you may benefit from vitamin B12 injections. Vitamin B12 injections are a safe and effective way to get the vitamin you need.

Here are some of the benefits of vitamin B12 injections:

  • They can quickly correct a vitamin B12 deficiency.

  • They are more effective than oral supplements for people with certain conditions, such as pernicious anaemia.

  • They are recommended for people who have difficulty absorbing vitamin B12 from food or supplements.

The frequency of vitamin B12 injections will vary depending on the severity of your deficiency and the underlying cause. In some cases, you may only need one injection. In other cases, you may need injections every month or even every week.

The side effects of vitamin B12 injections are generally mild and may include:

  • Pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site

  • Mild nausea

  • Headache

More serious side effects, such as difficulty breathing or hives have also been reported but are less common.

If you are considering vitamin B12 injections, book an appointment to learn more about the benefits and risks.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind about vitamin B12 injections:

  • Vitamin B12 injections are not a cure for any underlying condition that is causing your deficiency.

  • You may need to continue receiving injections for the rest of your life.

  • It is important to get your vitamin B12 levels checked regularly to make sure that you are getting enough.

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