We provide Vitamin B12 Injections at our medical office. Vitamin B12 deficiency is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in the world. Cyanocobalamin is the man-made form of Vitamin B12 used in medicine. Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that plays an essential role in brain and nerve function and red blood cell production. The average person will get adequate vitamin B12 in their everyday diet and does not need injections. However B12 injections are safe and you cannot overdose on Vitamin B12.
Who should get a B12 shot? Anyone who has low blood levels of B12. Those most likely to be deficient are vegetarians and vegans: people who do not eat animal products. Though this is generally a more healthy diet, it can be challenging to consume adequate B12 while it is found in high levels in animals. It is important for those who do not get adequate oral amounts of B12 to supplement their diets appropriately to prevent deficiency.
The elderly are also at risk of being deficient in B12. As a part of aging, our bodies start to become less efficient at processing nutrients and do not absorb B12 as well in the intestines. The elderly are much more likely to develop a nutritional deficiency due to aging.
People with intestinal disorders may also benefit from B12 supplementation. Intestinal disorders may inhibit the body’s ability to absorb the proper nutrients from food. Meaning, even though you are consuming an adequate amount of B12, you still may not be able to absorb the nutrients you need.
Besides oral tablets and liquids of Vitamin B12, there is also a sublingual (to be put under your tongue) pill that generally works well for those that cannot absorb and adequate amount through the intestines. However if this does not work, B12 injections are required for life.
For many, the injections are a better method than oral supplements because they bypass the stomach and are absorbed directly into the blood stream, this way very little nutrients are wasted. You are guaranteed to have B12 enter your blood. Some people take B12 to improve energy and concentration. B12 also helps the body regulate the circadian rhythms thus helping you sleep. B12 provides a boost to the immune system. By doing this the rest of the body runs smoothly and chances of sustaining illness are reduced. You may walk into Doctors Urgent Care and receive a B12 injection without seeing the Physician.
What to expect when you visit our office: This medication is administered by injection into the Deltoid/Shoulder muscle. A member of our trained medical staff will clean the intended area of injection with an alcohol prep. They will then administer the injection and use an adhesive bandage over the site if needed. This procedure is very quick and has little to no side effects. Minor side effects from receiving a B12 Injection include: pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, mild diarrhea, itching, or swelling are possible. If you believe that a B12 injection would be suiting for you, feel free to come speak with one of our Physicians or P.A.s or contact your Primary Care Physician.