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What Do B12 Vitamins Do
B12: B12 is involved with metabolism and cell replication. If you are low (you don't eat any meat (including fish) or you have a disease that prevents absorption then a supplement can help. Usually you will urinate out any excess of what your bodies needs. Like everything it can be harmful in excess, so take it only if you need it. You can get a blood test to find if you are low. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on cause...: There are lots of reasons for B12 deficiency, but can you offer more information about your medical history so we can help you learn why your B12 level is down? B12 can be supplemented orally, by nasal spray, by injection appropriate to the cause of the B12 deficiency.Talk with your doctor about which formulation is appropriate here--the shot does not require enteral absorption. ...Read more
Stop worrying: Reference ranges for labs are set up so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside. A high serum B12 is worrisome only when it's already obvious that you're seriously sick with something else -- if your CBC is anywhere near normal, ignore it. You may have some extra carrier protein in your blood, or may have just absorbed some from your daily vitamin. Good for you. Cheers. ...Read more
I get vitamin 12 injections. This is my 5th one in 5 weeks.how much does this put my B12 up.. There 1000ml injections.my reading was 160.
Can't say for sure: Normal values are 200 - 900 pg/mL, so 160 was low. How each individual responds is different, so we really can't predict what your level is now, but it is probably in the normal range. I would GUESS it would be 200-300 pg/mL now. I presume you have special circumstances, lack of antibody needed for absorption, that require injections. Most folks can take oral supplements. Best wishes:) ...Read more
Can't say for sure: REPEAT ANS:Normal values are 200 - 900 pg/mL, so 160 was low. How each individual responds is different, so we really can't predict what your level is now, but it is probably in the normal range. I would GUESS it would be 200-300 pg/mL now. I presume you have special circumstances, lack of antibody needed for absorption, that require injections. Most folks can take oral supplements. Best wishes: ...Read more
B12 replacement: To answer this question effectively, i would need to know the dose and route you are currently taking. If taking it orally, the usual dose is 1000 mcg (1 mg) once daily but I have had to increase some of my patients to 2 mg. If taking shots, be sure that your med is fresh, that you are administering it correctly, and that you followed the 'loading protocol' given by your doctor. ...Read more
Vitamin B12 overdose: Too much vitamin B12 can cause mild diarrhea, skin rashes, hives, breathing problems, heart palpitations, panic attacks, and insomnia. The symptoms typically disappear within a few hours, as the excess B12 is flushed from the system, so no specific treatment is required. ...Read more
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