Methylcobalamin (B12)

Methylcobalamin, also known as Vitamin B12, is used to treat not only Vitamin B12 deficiency but also other conditions, such as pernicious anemia and diabetes.

 

Dosage Strength

  • Up to 1ml

 

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Overview

Methylcobalamin, also known as Vitamin B12, is an important vitamin needed for the brain, nerves, and production of red blood cells in the body. Methylcobalamin is made both in the body and created within a laboratory for supplemental purposes. Methylcobalamin can also be found in foods, such as clams, mollusks, liver, fish, lamb, veal, beef, and dairy products. Vitamin B12 deficiency is rare in healthy individuals; it is more commonly found in the elderly and those with strict diets or gastrointestinal conditions. Prolonged B12 deficiency can impair red blood cell production, leading to anemia, along with possible gastrointestinal issues and nerve damage. Methylcobalamin is used to treat not only vitamin B12 deficiency but also other conditions, such as pernicious anemia and diabetes. It also helps increase metabolic energy and improve mood regulation. Some clinical trials are also testing its use in people with dementia as well. Most vitamin B12 supplements contain cyanocobalamin, which is another form of B12 not found naturally. Cyanocobalamin is popular as it’s both a stable and cost-effective form of B12. However, in order for the B12 to be utilized in the body, the liver must convert the cyanocobalamin to a biologically active and tissue-ready form, either by converting it to adenosylcobalamin or attaching it to a methyl group to form methylcobalamin. By choosing to supplement with methylcobalamin, one can circumvent this detox process. Research shows that methylcobalamin is more efficiently used and retained in the body than cyanocobalamin.

What Is Methylcobalamin Prescribed For?

Methylcobalamin is indicated in those with vitamin B12 deficiency.

Other Uses

Methylcobalamin can also indicated in those with pernicious anemia, diabetes, neuropathy, heart disease, circadian rhythm sleep disorders, memory loss, depression, fatigue, AIDS, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Lyme disease, osteoporosis, tendonitis, psychiatric disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, liver and kidney disease, and asthma. It also may help in improving concentration, maintaining fertility, anti-aging, boosting energy levels, converting fat to energy and mood elevation.

Dosage, Concentration, Route of Administration

Dosage: Up to 1ml

Concentration: 5mg/ml

Route of administration: IM, IV

Precautions/Side Effects

Some medications, supplements, or over-the-counter drugs may interact with methylcobalamin. Always speak with your healthcare provider about everything you are taking. You should avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice. Before taking, speak with your doctor if you are allergic to vitamin b12, have a genetic condition called optic atrophy, blood in your urine, polycythemia, an ongoing infection, low iron or folate levels, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. 

Some common side effects include:

  • – Anorexia
  • – Vomiting
  • – Headaches
  • – Diarrhea
  • – Nausea

Storage

Store at controlled room temperature. Protect from light.

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