Oral b12?

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So I was diagnosed with b12 deficiency around 8 months ago. At first, I received injections of b12 every other day and now I take them every 20 days.

Can I switch the injection with oral b12? I don't really like going to the clinic and receiving injetions and was thinking of using the oral b12.. I have read somewhere that high dosage of b12 is as good as the injections..


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    Ask you doctor if you can switch. I was low and took the supplement. It depends on how low you are. Also check vitD and C omllex blood levels. 

    Hope it all all works out for you.

    Hope xxxx 

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    Hi, do you have pernicious anaemia or a B12 deficiency? if you have PA then you will need injections, but some people 'top up' with sub-lingual lozenges. If you have PA you can only absorb about 10% via this route, so need very high dose lozenges (I take B12 5000mcg). Oral tablets are useless if you have PA as you can't absorb it from the stomach. 

    If you just have a deficiency then oral B12 might work OK for you. 

    All the best


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      Hi Jane, actually B12 deficiency and PA have the same symptoms - "just  a deficiency" results in the same damage to your body and should be taken just as seriously.  

      We all know that diagnosis for PA is terrible anyway - PA means it is auto immune - so a different cause but same symptoms.

      In either case, work on your digestion, look at digestive enzymes, herbal bitters etc, just as a start.

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    Hi - actually, I would be very impressed that your dr gives them so frequently! Many people suffering from B12d battle as they are only given every 12 weeks generally. Speaking from experience and others on the forum Healthunlocked and Facebook group, tablets do not have the same effect, not by s long way. They will help but not much.

    Why not ask if they will teach you how to do your own? Hopefully they will and supply you with everything. Win win for everyone then. Lots of us have to self inject. Good luck.

    Make sure your folate and ferritin are well in range too.

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