Vitamin B12 injections are an alternative to oral use under certain conditions which you may wish to know ...
by Dime Alexi, a registered nurse and a free-lance writer whose specialties include health issues
Vitamin B12, also called cobalamin, is an essential nutrient that performs many functions in the body including the support of nerve health and the production of new genetic material. Deficiencies in cobalamin can result in numbness and tingling of the hands and feet, diarrhea and upset stomach, and even neurological damage. To counteract such symptoms, Vitamin B12 injections are often administered by doctors instead of their oral counterparts.
Many will wonder why cobalamin injections are as popular as the oral supplements. After all, injections can be painful especially in the case of Vitamin B12 as the needle is placed in the intramuscular region. Doctors have their reasons of which the following are the most notable:
The nutritional supplements information for vitamin B12 lists down numerous benefits for taking the vitamin in either its oral or injectable form. Cobalamin is used to cure pernicious anemia, lessen the risks for Alzheimer's disease and treat chronic fatigue, to name a few. When combined with thiosulfate, hydroxycobalmin treats cyanide poisoning.
But all is not as rosy as many will want to view Vitamin B12 injections. It is of equal importance to know the possible side effects along with the benefits of these injections so as to set the right expectations. This way, you can also discuss with your doctor if indeed you are suitable for cobalamin injections.
We have to emphasize that side effects from these injections are generally few and far between. Still, we cannot dismiss the possibility that any patient can suffer from these side effects:
Basically, if you experience anything
unusual with your body after
the Vitamin B12 injections, you must immediately consult with your
doctor. You will want to explore other options since these side effects
can become serious health problems.
In fact, your doctor will not administer cobalamin injections when you have underlying medical conditions like Leber's disease, iron and folic deficiencies, liver and kidney illnesses and any medication affecting the bone marrow. Otherwise, you will suffer from graver health complications than what you wanted to seek a cure for in the first place.
Indeed, Vitamin B12 injections are well and good but only under the supervision of your doctor. You can always revert to cobalamin-rich foods and oral cobalamin supplements.
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