Vitamin B12 injections are safe and highly effective way to boost energy, support mood, and decrease nerve pain. Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin critical for healthy brain, nerve, and cardiovascular function. B12 works together with folate to synthesize DNA and blood cells. It is also involved in the creation of key parts of the nervous system and nerve health.
Who is at risk for a B12 deficiency?
- Vegetarians or vegans
- Patients over the age of 60
- Patients with malabsorptive conditions, such as celiac, crohns, or ulcerative colitis
- Patients who take PPIs or acid blocking medications
- Patients who take metformin
- Patients who have had gastric surgeries
- Patients with pernicious anemia
Symptoms that may improve from B12 injections:
- Low motivation/sad mood
- Sleep issues
- Irritability and anxiety
- Numbness and tingling
- Difficulty losing weight
Are Vitamin B12 Shots Safe?
Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin, so excess that is not used by the body is flushed via the kidneys in a patient with healthy kidney funciton when safe doses are administered. Injection is a highly effective method of delivery because it is absorbed directly into the muscle and bypasses the gastrointestinal tract. Vitamin B12 shots are contraindicated in any patient with a known hypersensitivity (allergy) to any of the ingredients. There are other certain rare conditions in which vitamin B12 injections are not recommended. Ask either Dr. Bachman if these may be safe and beneficial for you.
A Vitamin B12 shot can be added to your acupuncture treatment or office visit for an additional fee. Please let us know at the beginning of your session if you are interested. You may also schedule a brief "B12 injection only" appointment if you are an established patient.