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Vitamin B12 Injections

  • Do you suffer from low energy or feel tired all the time?
  • Are you someone that does not eat a lot of the shell fish or liver where you get B12?
  • Did you have any abdominal surgeries that may affect your ability to absorb vitamins?
  • Do you have a slower metabolism that needs a boost to assist with metabolism and weight loss?
  • Do you know up to 39% of the people taking oral vitamins may not absorb them properly?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you are at the right place.

B12 injection

B12 injection

W8MD’s B12 Injections In Greater Philadelphia

Cobalamin is one of the many B12 vitamins that plays an important role in cellular metabolism as it acts as a cofactor in many biologic pathways. Available in various forms including Cyanocobalamin, Hydroxycobalamin, Methylcobalamin etc, vitamin B12 plays an important role in weight loss, and overall nutrition and wellness.

Why W8MD offer B12 Injections?

Realizing that up to 39% of the population that take the oral vitamins may not be absorbing these properly, and based on the fact that as many as 3 million Americans are deficient in vitamin B12, W8MD offers the popular vitamin B12 injection in its greater Philadelphia offices including North East Philadelphia, and King Of Prussia. Although B12 is not on its own supposed to cause weight loss, a booster dose of important nutrients such as B12 via an intramuscular or subcutaneous injection can help in giving a boost of energy and assist in metabolism.

Vitamin B12 helps your body use fat and carbohydrates for energy and make new protein. It is also important for normal blood, cells, and nerves.

What are some of the common sources of dietary B12?

The best sources of Vitamin B12include:  liver and shellfish. Also found in lesser degree in eggs,  grass fed beef, fish, and poultry. The problem in many people is not only that they many do not get enough vitamin B12, but many do not absorb them properly.

Can taking certain medications lead to B12 deficiency?

Yes, taking certain drugs—like Metformin (commonly prescribed to people with type 2 diabetes or polycystic ovary syndrome) or some common heartburn medications etc. lead to B12 deficiency.

Can having surgery for weight loss lead to B12 deficiency?

Prawns as a source of B12

Prawns as a source of B12

Yes. Since B12 is absorbed by first combining with a protein called intrinsic factor produced in the stomach portion of the  gut, which then has to travel down the small intestine to an area called ileum for it to be absorbed properly, many people that have gastric surgeries that alter the anatomy a bit end up with low B12.

What are the signs and symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency?

Lack of B12 causes what is called pernicious anemia. Most people just feel weakness, fatigue, light-headedness, rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing and pale color to the skin. It may also cause easy bruising or bleeding, including bleeding gums.  GI side effects including sore tongue, stomach upset, weight loss, and diarrhea or constipation.

What happens if the deficiency is not corrected?

If the deficiency is not corrected, nerve cell damage can result. If this happens, vitamin B12 deficiency may result in tingling or numbness to the fingers and toes, difficulty walking, mood changes, depression, memory loss, disorientation and, in severe cases, dementia.

Can a vegan diet lead to B12 deficiency or low B12?

Yes. Since srict vegetarian diet that does not allow any animal products, including dairy products and eggs which are sources of vitamin B12, vegans are known to be low on B12.

What is the difference between taking pills versus a shot of B12?

Because it is injected straight into the bloodstream, it can be used to supply vitamin B12 to people who cannot absorb this vitamin through the intestine or to give a booster dose of the same which is not possible with taking orally.

How should B12 injections be used?

Cyanocobalamin / methylcobalamin or hydroxycobalamin come as a solution (liquid) to be injected into a muscle or just under the skin.

Liver, a source of B12

Liver, a source of B12

How often should one get B12 injections?

The frequency to take the B12 injections depends on your B12 levels. If you just need a booster dose to improve your stores, and do not have overt signs of pernicious anemia, taking B12 every other week or once a month is good enough. However, if you are significantly deficient for B12, you can receive vitamin B12 injection once a day for the first 6-7 days of your treatment. As your red blood cells return to normal, you will probably receive the medication every other day for 2 weeks, and then every 3-4 days for 2-3 weeks. After your anemia has been treated, you will probably receive the medication once a month to prevent your symptoms from coming back.

Can  vitamin B12 injections be used to treat other conditions?

Cyanocobalamin injection is also sometimes used to treat inherited conditions that decrease the absorption of vitamin B12 from the intestine. Cyanocobalamin injection is also sometimes used to treat methylmalonic aciduria (an inherited disease in which the body cannot break down protein) and is sometimes given to unborn babies to prevent methylmalonic aciduria after birth. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this drug for your condition.

What are the benefits of taking B12 injections?

Get energy with W8MD's B12

Get energy with W8MD’s B12

The benefits of vitamin B12 injections include treating or preventing symptoms, such as fatigue, heart problems, neurological damage, mood changes, muscle weakness and hormone imbalances.

What are the side effects of vitamin B12 injections?

  • diarrhea
  • feeling as if your entire body as swollen

Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them, call your doctor immediately:

  • muscle weakness, cramps, or pain
  • leg pain
  • extreme thirst
  • frequent urination
  • confusion
  • shortness of breath, especially when you exercise or lie down
  • coughing or wheezing
  • fast heartbeat

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  • extreme tiredness
  • swelling of the arms, hands, feet, ankles or lower legs
  • pain, warmth, redness, swelling or tenderness in one leg
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • red skin color, especially on the face
  • hives
  • rash
  • itching
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing

Cyanocobalamin injection may cause other side effects.

Price of B12 injections at W8MD

  • At most W8MD centers, B12 injections are offered for just $25.00 an injection.
  • W8MD B12 Energy Booster Shot Series – B12 vitamin booster injection series of 3 for $60.00.

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