- 1 Do you need a prescription for B12 injections?
- 2 Is B12 injection available over the counter?
- 3 Can you purchase B12 shots?
- 4 How much does a B12 injection cost?
- 5 What does low B12 feel like?
- 6 How do I get a prescription for B12 shots?
- 7 Can you self administer B12 injections?
- 8 Do B12 injections help you lose weight?
- 9 Which is better B12 shots or pills?
- 10 What are the side effects of B12 injections?
- 11 How long do B12 shots last?
- 12 How often should you get B12 shots?
- 13 What happens when your vitamin B12 is low?
Do you need a prescription for B12 injections?
A B12 shot contains high levels of cyanocobalamin, which quickly elevates B12 levels in the body. Injections are water-soluble, which helps your body store and use the vitamin as it’s needed. Shots can be self-administered or given by a doctor. You need a prescription for injections.
Is B12 injection available over the counter?
Cyanocobalamin is a prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) man-made form of vitamin B12 used to prevent and treat low blood levels of vitamin B12. Most people get enough vitamin B12 from their diet. Vitamin B12 is important to maintain the health of your metabolism, blood cells and nerves.
Can you purchase B12 shots?
Your MinuteClinic provider can administer vitamin B12 injections for patients with a prescription. They may direct you to a different health care setting if you have allergy or sensitivity to Vitamin B12 or cobalt.
How much does a B12 injection cost?
A B12 injection can cost more than some oral supplements; however, you need them less often. For example, B12 injections cost anywhere from $20 to upwards of $100. The cost greatly depends on your insurance coverage and where you are going to have a shot administered.
What does low B12 feel like?
Symptoms of Vitamin B12 Deficiency
Weakness, tiredness, or lightheadedness. Heart palpitations and shortness of breath. Pale skin. A smooth tongue.
How do I get a prescription for B12 shots?
Talk to Your Doctor
Once your doctor has given you a prescription for at-home B12 injections, you will need to have your prescription filled at your local pharmacy. While using B12 shots at home, your doctor may require frequent blood tests to check your body’s reaction to the treatment.
Can you self administer B12 injections?
The easiest site when self–administering an IM injection is the middle third of the vastus lateralis muscle of the thigh. Other options include the deltoid muscle of the upper arm and the dorsogluteal site on the bottom. This maybe useful if you have a carer or a family member willing to administer your injection.
Do B12 injections help you lose weight?
There’s no solid evidence that vitamin B-12 injections aid weight loss. Vitamin B-12 is a water-soluble B complex vitamin found naturally in a variety of foods, including meat, fish and dairy products. Vitamin B-12 is also added to some foods and is available as a dietary supplement.
Which is better B12 shots or pills?
B12 injections can be more effective than the pills in certain patients who have trouble absorbing vitamin B12. In the majority of patients the pills are just as good as the injections.
What are the side effects of B12 injections?
B12 shot side effects include, but are not limited to:
- Swelling at the injection site.
- Mild diarrhea.
- Swelling in the body.
- Low potassium.
How long do B12 shots last?
Once B12 reserves reach normal levels, injections of vitamin B12 will be needed every one to three months to prevent symptoms from returning.
How often should you get B12 shots?
Once your B12 levels stabilize, you only need to administer every three to four days for 2-3 weeks. To maintain appropriate levels, it is suggested you take one B12 injection monthly and frequently get blood tests to determine future treatment.
What happens when your vitamin B12 is low?
Not having enough B12 can lead to anemia, which means your body does not have enough red blood cells to do the job. This can make you feel weak and tired. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause damage to your nerves and can affect memory and thinking.