Vitamin B12, also known as Cyanocobalamin, is used for the prevention and treatment of low levels of Vitamin B12 in the blood. Vitamin B12 is needed to maintain good metabolism, health of blood cells and nerves. Serious Vitamin B12 deficiency can result in decreased number of red blood cells (anemia), stomach or intestinal diseases and permanent nerve damage. Vitamin B12 deficiency can also result from poor nutrition, cancer, HIV, during pregnancy, old age, due to alcoholism. Conditions such as atrophic gastritis (thinning of the stomach lining), Pernicious anemia (which makes it harder for your body to absorb Vitamin B12), Intestinal diseases such as crohn’s disease, celiac disease, bacterial growth and immune system disorders such as Grave’s disease or lupus can lead to Vitamin B12 deficiency in the body. People who follow a strict vegan diet can also get Vitamin B12 deficiency. Symptoms of low levels of Vitamin B12 in your body include anemia, weakness, fatigue, heart palpitations, pale skin, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, loos of appetite, nerve problems such as tingling or numbness, muscle weakness, loss of vision, mental problems such as changes in mood and depression. It is important to use this medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist. The dosage of the Vitamin B12 tablets will be decided by your doctor based on your medical condition, your laboratory values and your response to the treatment.
The generic equivalent of Vitamin B12 Injection is Cyanocobalamin. It is available from Canada manufactured by Sandoz and Turkey also called Vitakobal IM by a different manufacturer. The generic equivalent of Vitamin B12 Injection (Cyanocobalamin) is available in the dosage form of 1000 mcg/mL in 30 mL vial.
Stop taking Vitamin B12 Injection and call your doctor at once if you have one of these serious side effects:
• Congestive heart failure
• Low potassium levels in body
• Narrowing or blocking of blood vessels
• Pulmonary edema (a condition where there is excess fluid in the lungs)
• Serious allergic reaction
• Thrombocytosis (a disorder where your body produces too many platelets)
Less serious side effects include headache, nausea, anxiety, nervousness, diarrhea, swelling, infection, severe itching of skin, loss of coordination and balance. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
Do not take Vitamin B12 Injection if you are allergic to Vitamin B12, cobalt, or any other ingredients in the tablets, have hereditary optic atrophy (loss of some or most of the nerve fibers in the optic nerve). Vitamin B12 can interact with medications such as colchicine (a medicine used to treat gout), metformin (an anti-diabetic agent), excessive alcohol, vitamin C products, extended release potassium products, antibiotics such as gentamicin, neomycin, tobramycin, anti-seizure medications such as phenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone, medicines used to treat heartburn like H2 blockers such as cimetidine and proton pump inhibitors such as omeprazole, antacids such as ranitidine, cimetidine.
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