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Vitamin B12 Double Vision
Unlikely...: B12 deficiency may result in anemia, glossitis, paresthesias, ataxia. While you may want to evaluate the reasons B12 supplements were initiated and how successfully you have been repleted with your B12 shots, it is unlikely you have been overdosed. Since you expressed concern however about those injections, call your prescribing doctor for his advice please. ...Read more
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
Vitamin B12: (cobalamin) supports development of myelin on nerves & red blood cells. It is sometimes called the "energy vitamin". REF: http://www.vitamins-and-health-facts.com/vitamin-b12-cobalamin-facts-benefits-overdose-deficiency-symptoms.html ...Read more
B12 deficiency: Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause many problems, including anemia (along with folate (folic acid) deficiency); fatigue; weakness; weight loss; and neurological changes like numbness & tingling extremities, trouble with balance, and confusion, depression & dementia. The latter 2 can produce cognitive changes including trouble w/memory. Workup of this includes checking B12 & folate (folic acid) levels -- your doc can help! ...Read more
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
Your B12 is certainly on the low side.
http://drfairchild.blogspot.com/2012/12/b12-deficiency.html. ...Read more
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
Probably won't hurt: But may not help. Vitamin B12 is important for the functioning of every cell in the body. It is only available in animal products as plants cannot make it, so if you are vegan it is important to supplement with vitamins. There are many other reasons to take it — long term antacid use is one thing that can lower B12 absorption. Some people need methyl b12, the active form. See mthfr. Net. ...Read more
Vitamin B12 high at 1054 norm 221-700, all other vitamins dr checked were normal, should I be concerned? And I don't "suppliment" so why is this?
No : B12 does not inhibit muscle growth, in fact it's a natural part of our body. It is essential in making dna, the genetic material in all living cells, and is involved in cellular metabolism. B12 lowers homocysteine levels, a protein that has been associated with an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and dementia. Adding B12 injections should increase your energy level and improve your mood! ...Read more
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
No: Vitamin B12 is commonly thought of as a vitamin that improves energy. This is a common misconception. Individuals who have B12 deficiency may become anemic causing tiredness. In these individuals, a B12 shot will improve anemia and thus improve energy. However, non-anemic individuals who receive a B12 injection will not have more energy. ...Read more