What is vitamin B12 used for?
Vitamin B12, also known as cyanocobalamin, is one of many types of B vitamins that are needed by the body. Vitamin B12 is important in the synthesis of new red blood cells, nerve cell health, and releasing energy from food. It also works alongside folic acid.
Vitamin B12 is not made in the human body, so it must be ingested either through food or dietary supplements. A deficiency of B12 may result in anemia.
How should I take vitamin B12?
Vitamin B12 is available as an oral tablet. Many multivitamins contain several types of B vitamins as well as other vitamins and minerals. The oral tablet should be taken by mouth without chewing or crushing it. It is best to take it before a meal.
How do I store vitamin B12?
This drug should be stored at room temperature (<30°C) and be protected from light and moisture. Do not allow this product to freeze. Always check the label before using this product. For safety, keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Do not use if the printed expiration date has passed, the product seal has been broken, or the product has changed in color, odor, or consistency.
Do not dispose of this product by pouring it down the drain, toilet, or into the environment. Ask your pharmacist regarding the proper way and location of disposal.
Precautions & Warnings
What should I know before using vitamin B12?
Vitamins, including vitamin B12, are generally safe to take at any time. As a water-soluble vitamin, an overdose is less likely, however, it can still occur at extremely high, frequent doses.
Most people receive enough vitamins and minerals by eating balanced meals. Only take vitamin and food supplements if you are directed to do so by your doctor.
Before using this medication, inform your doctor if:
- You have ever had an allergic reaction to vitamin B12 or other supplements
- You have a history of allergy to other medications, food, or other substances
- You are taking other medications
- You have underlying health conditions
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
This drug may be recommended for pre- and post-natal supplementation. This drug should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus, as determined by your doctor.
This drug may be excreted in breast milk. This drug should be used while breastfeeding only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the child, as determined by your doctor.
What side effects can occur from vitamin B12?
All drugs have the potential to elicit side effects even with normal use. Many side effects are dose-related and will resolve when it is adjusted or at the end of therapy.
Potential side effects while using this drug include:
- Upset stomach
- Unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth
You may experience some, none, or other side effects not mentioned above. If you have any concerns about a side effect or it becomes bothersome, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with vitamin B12?
This drug may interact with other medications. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and inform your doctor and pharmacist.
If you experience an adverse drug interaction, stop taking this drug and continue taking your other medication. Inform your doctor immediately to reevaluate your treatment plan. Your dose may need to be adjusted, substituted with another drug, or discontinue using the drug.
Does food or alcohol interact with vitamin B12?
The absorption rate is slightly decreased with food, however, taking it with a meal prevents gastrointestinal distress. Alcohol may lower the amount of vitamin B12 levels in the blood. Avoid alcohol consumption or increase your dose of vitamin B12.
Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding food-drug interactions.
What health conditions may interact with vitamin B12?
This drug should be taken with caution if you have any of the following conditions or risk factors:
- Allergy to any ingredients in the preparation
Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding specific health conditions.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult your doctor or pharmacist before using vitamin B12.
What is the dose of vitamin B12 for an adult?
For pernicious or macrocytic anemia
- Take 2000 mcg (2 mg) per day.
For megaloblastic anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency
- Take 50 to 150 mcg per day.
What is the dose of vitamin B12 for a child?
For pernicious or macrocytic anemia
- Take 1000 mcg (1 mg) per day or every 2 weeks.
How is vitamin B12 available?
This drug is available in the following brands, dosage forms, and strengths:
- GNC Cyanocobalamin 1000 mcg (1 mg)
- Neramin-12 OD tablet 1 mg
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room. Management is symptomatic treatment.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of this drug, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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