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What causes vitamin b12 deficiency?

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Posted on Tue, 28 Apr 2015
Question: Hello, I am 24 year old, In the Blood test found that Vitamin B12 is not sufficient ; So they recommended me to go for the Vitamin B12 Injection (Totally 8 Injections ) ;
1.In what frequency i can take vitamin B 12 injection... Weekly once or once in two weeks ? 2.Is it Should be 8 injection
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Answered by Dr. Prasad (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Treatment is personalised based on deficiency and condition.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Vitamin b12 deficiency presents with wide range of symptom/condition. Treatment is personalised based on presenting symptoms as well as grade and severity of deficiency. If you are being advised injectable vitamin b12 and have symptoms of deficiency, there is no harm in taking them every day. In fact with my patients I use once a day injection every day for a week to 10 days followed by oral medications for 2-3 weeks.

Once a week schedule may be appropriate for those who are prone for deficiency (as in vegetarians) where treatment is planned for prevention rather than treatment of current deficient state.

So either of the two - every day treatment or weekly treatment are right. It is based on your treating doctor's assessment.

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What causes vitamin b12 deficiency?

Brief Answer: Treatment is personalised based on deficiency and condition. Detailed Answer: Hi, Vitamin b12 deficiency presents with wide range of symptom/condition. Treatment is personalised based on presenting symptoms as well as grade and severity of deficiency. If you are being advised injectable vitamin b12 and have symptoms of deficiency, there is no harm in taking them every day. In fact with my patients I use once a day injection every day for a week to 10 days followed by oral medications for 2-3 weeks. Once a week schedule may be appropriate for those who are prone for deficiency (as in vegetarians) where treatment is planned for prevention rather than treatment of current deficient state. So either of the two - every day treatment or weekly treatment are right. It is based on your treating doctor's assessment. Regards