Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps to keep your nerves and blood cells healthy. Our bodies don’t make Vitamin B12, it is obtained from foods such as meat, fish, milk and eggs. You may have a deficiency if you are vegan, don’t eat enough B12 rich food, or if you have other health conditions which mean you are unable to absorb it properly, such as pernicious anaemia.
What is the Vitamin B12 Injection?:
The Vitamin B12 injection is an effective way to treat a deficiency. There is only one type of vitamin B12 injection available in the UK, known as hydroxocobalamin. Vitamin B12 tablets, also known as cyanocobalamin, can be bought over the counter from pharmacies or health stores, but are not as effective as the injection.
Who should get the injection?:
If you do not already receive the B12 injection, you must be tested for a deficiency before we can treat you. This is to make sure that you are suitable for the injection.
Advocates for vitamin B12 injections say the shots can:
- Increase energy levels and combat fatigue
- Speed up metabolism
- Help improve sleep patterns
- Increase concentration
- Improve mood
- Boost the immune system
- Help with weight loss
- Possibly help with hair growth or stop hair loss
How often will I need a B12 injection?
Depending on your needs, we can give the B12 injection every six months, or in certain cases every three months.
Initial dose: 100 mcg intramuscularly or deep subcutaneous once a day for 7 to 10 days.
You can continue treatment for maintenance if you wish.
What are the side effects of the B12 injection?
The vitamin B12 injection is safe and usually doesn’t cause any side effects. However, you may experience redness, swelling or pain at the injection site or headaches, itching or nausea.