Still taking vitamin B12 injections? Move over shot. A pill may be just as good.

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For years patients with low blood counts due to low vitamin B 12 levels came in the office once a month for a Vitamin B12 injection.   Two good studies compared intramuscular injection to oral route.  Both forms raised low vitamin B12 levels and improved blood counts and neurologic symptoms.  Both forms were well tolerated.  The oral form was less expensive.

Recommendations per the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are to give 1000 mcg daily by pill per mouth or intramuscular 1000 mcg monthly.

Take your pick.

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About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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