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Vitamin B12 oral shot

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  • Posted By: dono_van
  • March 22, 2007
  • 08:22 AM

I have vitamin B12 deficiency and have started getting b12 shots from my doctor - I feel better but I would prefer an oral supplement - Does any one know if oral B12 is as effective as the shot?

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  • I would tough it out and get the B12 injections for insurance--- I have been taking them for over 20 years. You can try the sublingual 5,000mcg B12 daily---- but also get your monthly shot. B12 does so much for your body you would not believe. It also depends on why you were deficient--- and if you have any neurologic signs or symptoms or injury---- absolutely get the injections. Did you know that a B12 deficiency should be treated with a series of injections? Typical protocol: 1,000 mcg every day x 5-7 times, then once a week x 4 weeks, then once every 4 weeks for life. Author of "Could It Be B12? An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses," Quill Driver Books, 2005. 13 reviews on Amazon.com
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  • Oral B12 is not absorbed into the body well - therefore is not effective. The best solution is either a vitamin B12 shot/ injection or the B12 Patch - transdermal vitamin b12. The B-12 Patch is highly effective and does not have the same absorption problems as oral b12. You can find more detail at their site www.b12patch.com
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  • Oral B12 is not absorbed into the body well - therefore is not effective. The best solution is either a vitamin B12 shot/ injection or the B12 Patch - transdermal vitamin b12. The B-12 Patch is highly effective and does not have the same absorption problems as oral b12. You can find more detail at their site b12patch com
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  • Would need to read the studies of B12 patches--- haven't read any personally----- what company(s)----what was the population studied? How many people in the study? Did they just do serum B12 levels for monitoring? Was methylmalonic acid used to demonstrate resolved deficiency or a deficiency to begin with? The population used for these patches, why were they B12 deficient? Couldn't recommend B12 patches until research reviewed. How long were these people monitored and were they using injections before hand? What form of B12 is used in these patches? Methyl-B12, hydroxo-B12, or cyano-B12?
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