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B Vitamin Injections

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B vitamins help keep our bodies running smoothly and for many of us stress, poor diet and poor digestion, alcohol, medication and age may contribute to vitamin B deficiency.

Do you experience any of these conditions?

  • Fatigue
  • Depression or moodiness
  • Memory impairment
  • Chronic Pain
  • Acne
  • Weight Issues
  • Unhealthy hair and nails
  • Sleep disorders
  • Asthma or allergies
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Thyroid disease
  • Autoimmune disease

If this sounds like you, it may be due to a B vitamin deficiency. Schedule a consult with Dr. Patti Mullen today to see if you are an ideal candidate for vitamin B injections.

What to Expect
The first part of the visit is to assess whether or not a Vitamin B-12 injection are needed. Vitamin B-12 deficiencies can cause fatigue, poor sleep quality, trouble with concentration, peripheral neuropathy, PMS, jet lag, moodiness, dizziness, arthritis, bursitis, and chronic pain, along with many other symptoms and disease states. Injection B-12 is an effective way for your body to absorb this important nutrient. Some people may also benefit from a B-12 and folic acid combination.

The injection is given in the gluteus muscle. After the injection, some slight bruising at the injection site may occur. A series of injections may be needed before obvious effects occur. The effects of the injection often “wears off” after 3 days. Some people notice an improvement within 30 minutes of receiving the injection, while some other may not notice any effect until after the 3rd or 4th injection. The best results occur after a series of 6 injections, more may be needed if you have been vitamin B-12 deficient for a long period of time.

Further info on B vitamins:

There are 8 vitamins in the B vitamin family: Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin/Niacinamide (B3), Pantothenic Acid (B5), Pyridoxine (B6), Biotin (B7), Folate/Folic Acid (B9), Methylcobalamin (B12).

Here are a few of the important jobs B vitamins do to keep us healthy: B vitamins assist the human body in metabolism – meaning the building up and breaking down of our body. In short – B vitamins help keep our bodies running smoothly. B vitamins work synergistically, meaning if you have a shortage of one, it’s likely to affect the body’s ability to make use of others.

  • Thiamin: Muscle strength and function, Metabolism, Mental function
  • Riboflavin: Healthy red blood cells, Thyroid function
  • Niacin: Healthy digestive system, Mental function
  • Pantothenic Acid: Healthy nerves, Normal sleep patterns
  • Biotin: Healthy cell growth, Quality hair/skin/nails,
  • Folic Acid: Healthy DNA production (especially important during pregnancy, infancy and growth spurts), Healthy nerves
  • Methylcobalamin: Healthy nerves, Energy production

B Vitamin Injections are well tolerated by most people. Some patients experience mild redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection site, but these side effects typically dissipate quickly. Patients who are particularly sensitive to B12 may feel “wired” after the injection, though this sensation usually lasts only 8-12 hours. If you have an allergy to cobalt, chronic liver disease, kidney disease, or any type of infection, please inform Dr. Patti Mullen during your consultation as you may not be an ideal candidate for B12 injections. In addition, certain medications can reduce the absorption (and therefore the benefits) associated with B12.

B Vitamin Injection possible side effects include but are not limited to: mild diarrhea, upset stomach, nausea, a feeling of pain and a warm sensation at the site of the injection, a feeling, or a sense, of being swollen over the entire body, headache and joint pain, bleeding or bruising at injection site. Although rare, B Vitamin Injections can result in serious side effects. Although rare, anyone taking B Vitamin Injections should be aware of the possibility. Uncommon side effects are much more serious than the common side effects of B Vitamin Injections, and such side effects should be reported to a physician to be evaluated for seriousness. Uncommon and dangerous side effects include: rapid heartbeat, chest pain, flushed face, muscle cramps and weakness, difficulty breathing and swallowing, dizziness, confusion, hives, skin rashes, shortness of breath when there is no physical exertion.