We offer Vitamin B12 injections at the pharmacy, without needing a prescription, and this service only costs $15. No appointment necessary, just come on down
Intramuscular Vitamin B12 injection forms the basis of most treatment plans for Vitamin B12 deficiency. A B12 injection can provide sufficient levels in the body for 2-3 months
It is advised to get blood testing on B12 levels prior to injections and during treatment.
After your Vitamin B12 Injection you will need to stay in the pharmacy for 20 minutes.
What is B12?
Vitamin B12 is necessary for the production of red blood cells, and plays an important role in the normal metabolism and health of nerve cells and the formation of genetic material. It helps with energy production in the body and can help prevent fatigue.
Vitamin B12 is also involved in the breakdown of protein, fat and carbohydrates. It is essential for mood and nervous system support and healthy mental function.
Where does it come from?
B12 cannot be produced by the body so it must be obtained from the diet. Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin and is found in foods such as meat, fish, shellfish, dairy products and eggs. B12 is not found in fruit, vegetables or grains.
A mild deficiency may cause no symptoms. But if untreated, it may lead to symptoms such as:
Weakness, tiredness, or lightheadedness
Heart palpitations and shortness of breath
Pale or yellowish skin
Swollen, inflammed tongue
Constipation, diarrhea, loss of appetite, or gas
Nerve problems such as muscle weakness, numbness and tingling
Mental health problems such as depression, memory loss, or behavioral changes
Deficiency of Vitamin B12 affects more women than men, and can be due to:
Pernicious anaemia - a condition where absorption of B12 is impaired due to a lack of intrinsic factor.
Inadequate intake of B12 from diet - vegetarians and vegans .
Inadequate absorption or utilisation of B12 because of age, gastric abnormalities such as Coeliac disease, inflammation of the stomach or intestines, after stomach and bowel surgery, and inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease).
Heavy alcohol consumption
Diseases of the pancreatic
Rare congenital disorders
Some medications e.g. metformin and proton pump inhibitors, such as omeprazole, pantoprazole, lansoprazole.