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A blood test showed that I'm B12 deficient. Serum B12 level of 186 pg/ml, should I take vitamin B12 supplements?

A blood test showed that I'm B12 deficient. Serum B12 level of 186 pg/ml, should I take vitamin B12 supplements?

B12: This low will likely cause dementia, spinal cord degeneration and peripheral neuropathy. Keep your level above 550 for the rest of your life. Recovery takes about a year in a young person. I suggest you take liquid sublingual weekly for 3 months then bi weekly thereafter. Its important to check a level after you cut back to twice a month. Use 1 1/2 dropper and hold it under the tongue for 30 sec. ...Read more

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Should I take vitamin B12 or vitamin b complex?

Should I take vitamin B12 or vitamin b complex?

It depends on: If you have any nutritional deficiencies, reasons for a nutritionally incomplete diet or malabsorption syndromes. Remember if you don't have any defined nutritional deficiencies you are better off getting your micronutrients like the B vitamins from whole foods rather than from supplementation. Alternatively if all you have is a B12 deficiency then you should be fine with a B12 supplement. ...Read more

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Can I take vitamin B12 and b complex together?

Can I take vitamin B12 and b complex together?

Should not: Be a problem. Will give you folate (folic acid) and cover all the building blocks for blood cell production. ...Read more

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Do I take vitamin b complex with magnesium or can I take vitamin B12? For better absorption of magnesium. Currently also take vit D3 thanks

Do I take vitamin b complex with magnesium or can I take vitamin B12? For better absorption of magnesium. Currently also take vit D3 thanks

OK but not 4 absorb.: It is perfectly fine to take b complex/b12 with magnesium but won't enhance absorption. Magnesium is best absorbed on an empty stomach ; b vits can cause stomach upset on empty stomach. B vits, esp. B6, often work in synergy with mag. The best-absorbed forms of mag. Are glycinate ; taurate; citrate is ok too. Epsom salt baths ; topical "magnesium oil" are also good ways to get magnesium into you. ...Read more

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Multivitamin has 100% daily vitamin B12 (6 mcg) and B6 (2 mg), and 50 mg magnesium. Can I still take b-complex drops and slowmag (magnesium chloride)?

Multivitamin has 100% daily vitamin B12 (6 mcg) and B6 (2 mg), and 50 mg magnesium. Can I still take b-complex drops and slowmag (magnesium chloride)?

Yes: The amounts that are in your multivitamin, so it is safe to take an additional b-complex and magnesium chloride. The question really should be if you need to take these. There are certain conditions for which it is a good idea to take a multivitamin or even higher dose vitamins/minerals/other supplement, but many people don't need to take anything additional over a healthy diet. ...Read more

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Vitamin B12 or vitamin b complex, what is the difference?

Vitamin B12 or vitamin b complex, what is the difference?

Good question: B12 is typically given under the tongue (pill or liquid) or by shot. Although there is some B12 in b complex pills chances our its not enough or can't be properly absorbed by the last 5 inches of your small intestine. (B12 absorbtion requires first binding to intrinsic factor made in the stomach) either the stomach is dammaged or the small intestine has a problems. B complex varies in content. ...Read more

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Is vitamin B12 the same as vitamin b-complex?

No: Vit B12 is one of group of b vitamins. B complex supplements typically have several b vitamins in their mix. This can vary with manufacturer. ...Read more

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B12 is 264.8nmol/l normal between 141-698. do I need a vitamin B12 supplement or a vitamin b complex would be good to raise the number?

B12 is 264.8nmol/l normal between 141-698. do I need a vitamin B12 supplement or a vitamin b complex would be good to raise the number?

As you noted...: Your B12 level is NORMAL, and as such does not require undue concern or supplementation. Why was it checked in the first place in an otherwise healthy 21 year old male? ...Read more

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All sites where I inject im vitamin b complex are bruised. Sites where I inject vitamin B12 are not. Why?

All sites where I inject im vitamin b complex are bruised. Sites where I inject vitamin B12 are not. Why?

Did I misunderstand?: You're a young adult who lists no terribly serious illness for which you would require injectable vitamins of any sort rather than vitamins taken orally. If someone has told you that "injections are better", perhaps because they are painful, I would question this advice. You clearly value your health & i'd urge you to reconsider injecting yourself at all, or get with a mainstream dr. ...Read more

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Can vitamin b12 with b complex and vitamin d3 and omega 3 supplements make acid reflux worse if somebody is already experiencing acid reflux.

Can vitamin b12 with b complex and vitamin d3 and omega 3 supplements make acid reflux worse if somebody is already experiencing acid reflux.

Unlikely: These nutrients are not known to aggravate reflux, though it is wise to take them with food.
For good approaches to preventing and treating reflux see http://tinyurl. Com/p88fxjm
and https://www. Secondopinionnewsletter. Com/Health-Alert-Archive/View-Archive/12220/100-relief-for-chronic-heartburn-without-a-drug. Htm ...Read more

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Why do I feel exhausted and what can I do to make this fatigue go away? (22 year old female) for the last few years, I am always tired no matter what I do. I have tried vitamin b-12, vitamin b complex, multivitamin, iron, sleeping 6 hours regularly, sleep

Why do I feel exhausted and what can I do to make this fatigue go away? (22 year old female) for the last few years, I am always tired no matter what I do. I have tried vitamin b-12, vitamin b complex, multivitamin, iron, sleeping 6 hours regularly, sleep

Most: Most doctors are taught that lab results that are in the "reference range" are normal, even when people don't feel well. This may have been the case with your "normal" bloodwork.
Your symptoms of fatigue, muscle pain and weakness could be related to low thyroid function, adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalances and/or nutrient deficiencies. Especially because your symptoms are getting worse, you need to see a doctor who will run a thorough panel of lab tests, including several thyroid tests (not just a tsh), hormone levels, vitamin levels, and adrenal tests, who will interpret the results correctly in light of your symptoms, and be able to prescribe effective treatment. A comprehensive approach is the most likely to help you feel like yourself again. ...Read more

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Recommended daily intake for: b-complex, vitamin b-12, vitamin a, vitamin k, vitamin e, magnesium and potassium?

Recommended daily intake for: b-complex, vitamin b-12, vitamin a, vitamin k, vitamin e, magnesium and potassium?

Depends: If you look at any multivitamin bottle, there will be a rda (recommended daily allowance) for the different components. There is very little evidence out there that surpassing rda will treat or prevent any disease. From my field (ophthalmology), people who have moderate to severe macular degeneration can benefit from higher levels of a, c, e, and zinc, but the benefit is relatively small. ...Read more

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I have chrons can I take vitamin b12?

I have chrons can I take vitamin b12?

Yes: In fact, it might be a good idea. Crohn's patients who do not have good control may have trouble absorbing B12 in the termal ileum. Your physician is a good guide here. ...Read more

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Can I take vitamin B12 while pregnant?

Can I take vitamin B12 while pregnant?

Yes: Yes, but be reasonable. A good thing to take is a prenatal vitamin. If you take that and a balanced diet, you will be fine. Babies need certain amounts of vitamins, but not mega-doses. Ask you ob-gyn what a good pnv is, as they likely have all kinds of samples from various drug reps. ...Read more

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Can I take vitamin B12 with my medication?

Can I take vitamin B12 with my medication?

Yes, however...: You don't say which medication but it is safe to take B12 with all medications, but it should not be taken at the same time as tetracycline (take at least an hour apart). Many medications reduce absorption & thus increase our need for B12.
I advise sublingual or chewable methylcobalamin.
See http://umm. Edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-b12-cobalamin
& http://bit. Ly/1cBhjvn. ...Read more

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It has been suggested that I take vitamin B12 because the bottoms of my feet feel numb but they aren't. I do not have diabetes. What dosage?

It has been suggested that I take vitamin B12 because the bottoms of my feet feel numb but they aren't. I do not have diabetes. What dosage?

B12: You should not take vitamin B12 withut getting evaluated for numbness of your feet. You should have b12, methymelonic acid levels and if you are found to be deficient in vit B12 then you need to be treated either with injectable vitb12 or nasal spray in therapeutic dases followed by maintainance doses, the numbness may due to other causes. ...Read more

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A blood test showed that I'm B12 deficient. Serum B12 level of 186 pg/ml, should I take vitamin B12 supplements?

B12: This low will likely cause dementia, spinal cord degeneration and peripheral neuropathy. Keep your level above 550 for the rest of your life. Recovery takes about a year in a young person. I suggest you take liquid sublingual weekly for 3 months then bi weekly thereafter. Its important to check a level after you cut back to twice a month. Use 1 1/2 dropper and hold it under the tongue for 30 sec. ...Read more

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I am 21 years old. What will happen if I take vitamin B12 and omega 3 supplements everyday at the prescribed amount? What benefits?

I am 21 years old. What will happen if I take vitamin B12 and omega 3 supplements everyday at the prescribed amount? What benefits?

Nothing: At your age, unless you have specific medical conditions that require those items, the supplements would be of no use at all. ...Read more

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Can I take vitamin B12 supplements with double-dose PPIs for reflux? Worried about the Vit B12 deficiency that might be caused with long-term PPI use.

Can I take vitamin B12 supplements with double-dose PPIs for reflux? Worried about the Vit B12 deficiency that might be caused with long-term PPI use.

Sure: You need gastric acid for pepsin to play its role in protecting and then uncoating vitamin B12. Keep having your levels followed. Oral supplements may work despite this mechanism simply by having so much of the stuff around. And talk with your physician from time to time about whether long-term PPI use is still indicated. Glad you're reading up and best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it possible to take excessive vitamin b12?

Is it possible to take excessive vitamin b12?

No: This is a water soluble vitamin and the body will lose excess by urination. However moderation is an important rule of thumb and there is no reason to take more than 1, 000 units a day even in documented deficiency. ...Read more

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What effects can I expect if I take pure vitamin b12?

What effects can I expect if I take pure vitamin b12?

Sublingual B 12: For convenience, sublingual b 12 is the best choice. Oral b 12 has to travel through the GI system and most of it is destroyed. If you take the kind that melts under your tongue it will go directly into your blood stream and will you absorb most of it. Peace and good health. Helpful for vegetarians, low energy, more. ...Read more

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Can you overdose on vitamin B12? Is it safe to take 16000 mgs

Can you overdose on vitamin B12? Is it safe to take 16000 mgs

How often?: There are no known illeffects from overdose of vitamin B12, but you would be wasting your medication and money. If you need to take vitamin B12, you should take it as an injection and and injection of 1000 micrograms (not milligrams) each month, is more than enough. ...Read more

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How much vitamin B12 should I take if I take daily colchicine?

How much vitamin B12 should I take if I take daily colchicine?

500mcg: I recommend 500mcg, but taking sl B12 2500mcg will also lower a factor in heart disease, called homocysteine. ...Read more

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Is it harmful to take too much vitamin b12? I'm taking 2500mcg daily.

Is it harmful to take too much vitamin b12? I'm taking 2500mcg daily.

No: It's very safe. If you are taking it as an oral supplement, be sure you are able to absorb it by this route -- many people who are deficient cannot. Your physician knows how to tell. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if vitamin B12 provides energy, why would you take it at bed time?

Could you tell me if vitamin B12 provides energy, why would you take it at bed time?

It does not.: Unless you are deficient in b12, it will not provide and "boost" of energy. You can take it at night! ...Read more

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