Vitamin B12 Injection

Vitamin B12 deficiency anaemia is usually treated with injections of vitamin B12, called hydroxocobalamin.
Your vitamin B12 deficiency will have been identifed from a blood test. At REMEDI HEALTH in Winchester we can help identify that you require vitamin B12 and provide injections.
The most common cause of vitamin B12 deficiency in the UK is pernicious anaemia, which is not related to your diet.

 

Book a Vitamin B12 Injection Consultation

As a registered pharmacy, we do not offer ‘lifestyle’ vitamin B12 injections as this is an unregulated activity. Instead we prescribe vitamin B12 based on an identified clinical need and/or blood test.

We can test for vitamin B12 levels before and during treatment.

  • Initial consultation to check suitability £30-£60
  • Vitamin B12 blood test £60
  • Initial vitamin B12 injection £40
  • Subsequent vitamin B12 injections £40

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About this service

The treatment for vitamin B12 or folate deficiency anaemia depends on what’s causing the condition.
Most people can be easily treated with injections or tablets to replace the missing vitamins.

If you are going to have injections and you have an identified deficiency, you’ll have these injections every other day for 2 weeks or until your symptoms have started improving.

After this initial period, your treatment will depend on whether the cause of your vitamin B12 deficiency is related to your diet or whether the deficiency is causing any neurological problems, such as problems with thinking, memory and behaviour.

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About the Vitamin B12 Injection Consultation

Vitamin B12 should be given by injection only of there is an identified clinical need. Having too much of anything is not a good thing and can cause side effects.

We can prescribe and administer vitamin B12 injections based on clinical history of deficiency and/or a deficiency identified in a blood test.

We will recommend a blood test prior to treatment and at intervals throughout treatment to check levels.

Treating vitamin B12 deficiency anaemia

Vitamin B12 deficiency anaemia is usually treated with injections of vitamin B12, called hydroxocobalamin. 

At first, you’ll have these injections every other day for 2 weeks or until your symptoms have started improving.

After this initial period, your treatment will depend on whether the cause of your vitamin B12 deficiency is related to your diet or whether the deficiency is causing any neurological problems, such as problems with thinking, memory and behaviour.

The most common cause of vitamin B12 deficiency in the UK is pernicious anaemia, which is not related to your diet.

Diet-related vitamin B12 deficiency

If your vitamin B12 deficiency is caused by a lack of the vitamin in your diet, you may be advised to take vitamin B12 tablets every day between meals.

Or you may need to have an injection of hydroxocobalamin twice a year.

People who find it difficult to get enough vitamin B12 in their diets, such as those following a vegan diet, may need vitamin B12 tablets for life.

Although it’s less common, people with vitamin B12 deficiency caused by a prolonged poor diet may be advised to stop taking the tablets once their vitamin B12 levels have returned to normal and their diet has improved.

Good sources of vitamin B12 include:

  • meat
  • salmon and cod
  • milk and other dairy products
  • eggs

If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, or are looking for alternatives to meat and dairy products, there are other foods that contain vitamin B12, such as yeast extract (including Marmite), as well as some fortified breakfast cereals and soy products.

Check the nutrition labels while food shopping to see how much vitamin B12 different foods contain.

Not diet-related vitamin B12 deficiency

If your vitamin B12 deficiency is not caused by a lack of vitamin B12 in your diet, you’ll usually need to have an injection of hydroxocobalamin every 2 to 3 months for the rest of your life.

If you have had neurological symptoms that affect your nervous system, such as numbness or tingling in your hands and feet, caused by a vitamin B12 deficiency, you’ll be referred and may need to have injections every 2 months.

We will advise on how long you need to keep taking the injections.

Treating folate deficiency anaemia

To treat folate deficiency anaemia, we can prescribe daily folic acid tablets to build up your folate levels.

They may also give you dietary advice so you can increase your folate intake.

Good sources of folate include:

  • broccoli
  • brussels sprouts
  • asparagus
  • peas
  • chickpeas
  • brown rice

Most people need to take folic acid tablets for about 4 months. But if the underlying cause of your folate deficiency anaemia continues, you may have to take folic acid tablets for longer, possibly for life.

Before you start taking folic acid, we will check your vitamin B12 levels to make sure they’re normal.

This is because folic acid treatment can sometimes improve your symptoms so much that it masks an underlying vitamin B12 deficiency.

If a vitamin B12 deficiency is not detected and treated, it could affect your nervous system.

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