No worries. Visit any OVME location and our experienced medical staff can help guide you in the right direction.
Your symptoms/needs will dictate which shot is best.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are under 18 years old, a parent or legal guardian must accompany you.
Everyone’s optimal level of Vitamin B12, obtained through a blood test, is unique. On average, the value of > 600 pg./ml is sufficient.
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.
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!
Usually, results are felt immediately after the first shot, unless you are significantly Vitamin B12 deficient.
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.
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.
We use Methylcobalamin which is the most bioactive form of injectable Vitamin B12.
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.
No. There are no known contraindications with any medications.
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.
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