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Will vitamin B12 injections help loss of sensation in the feet for an 81-year-old female with diabetic neuropathy?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly.

You can check vitamin B12 in blood to see if levels are normal or not.
Oral supplemetation can be effective as well. Metanx is a rx that has l-methyl folate, (folic acid) b6 and B12 works very well for diabetic neuropathy.

In brief: Possibly.

You can check vitamin B12 in blood to see if levels are normal or not.
Oral supplemetation can be effective as well. Metanx is a rx that has l-methyl folate, (folic acid) b6 and B12 works very well for diabetic neuropathy.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Not quite simple

Diabetic neuropathy may be helped with symptom relieving meds such as lyrica, (pregabalin) but some pts do well with a medical food metanx.
A commonly used diabetic medication, metformin does interfere with vitamin b-12 absorption, and in that case, you could develop low levels and benefit from injections. But otherwise, would not be valuable for pure diabetic nerve symptoms.

In brief: Not quite simple

Diabetic neuropathy may be helped with symptom relieving meds such as lyrica, (pregabalin) but some pts do well with a medical food metanx.
A commonly used diabetic medication, metformin does interfere with vitamin b-12 absorption, and in that case, you could develop low levels and benefit from injections. But otherwise, would not be valuable for pure diabetic nerve symptoms.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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2 doctors agree

In brief: No

I have had success with mentanx a prescription vitamin.

In brief: No

I have had success with mentanx a prescription vitamin.
Dr. Alan Ettinger
Dr. Alan Ettinger
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe

If the cause of the neuropathy is due to a vitamin B12 deficiency, vitamin B12 injections may be of benefit.
Get evaluated by a professional to determine the exact cause of the neuropathy in order to obtain the best possible treatment.

In brief: Maybe

If the cause of the neuropathy is due to a vitamin B12 deficiency, vitamin B12 injections may be of benefit.
Get evaluated by a professional to determine the exact cause of the neuropathy in order to obtain the best possible treatment.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry

In brief: Depends

Is their a B12 deficiency? How bad is the neuropathy? How long has it been present? Why not try an oral form of B12 like metanx? The combo of l- methylfolate, b6, and B12 has shown to reverse effects of diabetic neuropathy.

In brief: Depends

Is their a B12 deficiency? How bad is the neuropathy? How long has it been present? Why not try an oral form of B12 like metanx? The combo of l- methylfolate, b6, and B12 has shown to reverse effects of diabetic neuropathy.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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