B12 Shots

Vitamin B-12 FAQs

Do I Need To Make An Appointment To Get An Injection At OVME?

No.

Can I Make An Appointment To Receive A Shot?

Yes.

Are Vitamin B-12 Shots Free To OVME Access and Elite Members?

Yes.

New To Vitamin B12? Not Sure What Injection To Get?

No worries. Visit any OVME location and our experienced medical staff can help guide you in the right direction.

How Long Does It Take To Get An Injection?

5-20 Minutes.

How Do I Know Which Shot Is Best For Me?

Your symptoms/needs will dictate which shot is best.

What Is Vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 is an essential Vitamin that is water-soluble and not produced in the body. Vitamin B12 must come from your diet – Your body does not make it. In order to utilize Vitamin B12 it must be absorbed in the lower intestines with the help of intrinsic factor, a substance secreted by the stomach.

What Are The Benefits Of Vitamin B12 Injections?
  • Increased energy and metabolism
  • Enhanced neurological health
  • Minimized seasonal and environmental allergies
  • Decreased irritability (PMS, hormonal imbalances)
  • Improved athletic endurance
  • Enhanced vascular health
  • Stabilized symptoms associated with depression, anxiety and mood disorders
  • Can benefit some patients with nervous system or endocrine disorders, such as MS, diabetes, seizures, restless leg syndrome, thyroid disorders, and adrenal fatigue.
Why Do I Need Vitamin B12?

The human body needs Vitamin B12 to make red blood cells, nerves, DNA and to carry out many essential functions. According to Harvard Medical School, the average adult should get 2.4 micrograms a day of B12. Like most Vitamins, our body can’t make B12. Instead, it must be obtained from food and/or supplements. Vitamin B12 deficiency is relatively common, especially among people over fifty, vegetarians and vegans.

Why Are Vitamin B12 Injections So Important Today?

The majority of people who are Vitamin B12 deficient eat plentiful amounts of food containing Vitamin B12, but their bodies can’t absorb or use it. The enormous increase in digestive issues and daily stressors (alcohol, environmental pollutants, aging, medications) inhibit our absorption of this essential Vitamin. Other than from our diet, Vitamin B12 can be obtained through Vitamin B12 oral supplements and injections.

Who Is Most Likely To Have Low Vitamin B12 Levels?

Vegetarians, vegans, people 50 years old and older, people who drink alcohol, people with digestive issues, anyone regularly taking medications known to affect Vitamin B12 absorption such as Prilosec and Tums (ask for a complete list for more info), anyone who has recently had surgery or dental procedures using nitrous oxide (which inactivates Vitamin B12 in the body). Vitamin B12 is safe for pregnant women and anyone receiving chemotherapy and/or radiation.

How Old Must I Be To Get An Injection?

If you are under 18 years old, a parent or legal guardian must accompany you.

How Much Vitamin B12 Do I Need?

Everyone’s optimal level of Vitamin B12, obtained through a blood test, is unique. On average, the value of > 600 pg./ml is sufficient.

What Are The Symptoms Of A Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

Fatigue, nerve pain (shingles, herpes), sleep disturbances, moodiness, cognitive decline, and tremors. Systems affected by B12 deficiency: neurological, hematologic, immunologic, vascular, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, and genitourinary.

If I Take Daily Vitamin B12 Supplements Are Vitamin B12 Injections Still Beneficial?

Absolutely. Injections bypass the digestive tract and can cross the blood-brain barrier. As a result, injectable Vitamin B12 has a more direct route to the cells, is readily metabolized, and you feel the benefits faster!

How Quickly Do You Notice Results From Vitamin B12 Injections?

Usually, results are felt immediately after the first shot, unless you are significantly Vitamin B12 deficient.

How Long Will B12 From The Injection Remain In My Body?

The length of time that B12 from the injection remains in one’s body varies from person to person. It depends if the person has a B12 deficiency to begin with and the person’s lifestyle.

For How Many Weeks Do I Need To Receive B12 Injections?

Typically, we recommend four injections over 4 weeks or ten injections over a 12 week period. However it is important to note everyone has unique health goals and objectives.

What Form Of Vitamin B12 Do You Use At OVME?

We use Methylcobalamin which is the most bioactive form of injectable Vitamin B12.

Are There Side Effects From Vitamin B12 Injections?

Slight bruising and/or soreness at the injection site can occur. There are no known toxic effects when administering B12 at appropriate levels. Allergic reactions can happen with any intramuscular injection. The Medical Doctors, Physicians Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners at OVME are trained and prepared to treat any reaction.

Will A Vitamin B12 Injection Interfere With My Medications?

No. There are no known contraindications with any medications.

Can I Get Labs To Measure My Vitamin B12 Level?

Yes, we recommend measuring Vitamin B12, homocysteine, and MMA to determine the most accurate level of Vitamin B12 in your body. Homocysteine is an amino acid and breakdown product of protein metabolism. When present in high concentrations, as determined by a blood test, it has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Methylmalonic Acid (MMA) is a compound that reacts with Vitamin B12 to create energy. It’s the most accurate test known to measure Vitamin B12 levels.

Does OVME Accept Insurance?

OVME does not accept insurance.

What Forms Of Payment Do You Accept?

OVME accepts cash, check, and all major credit cards.

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