Common Questions about Vitamin B12 Shots

by Michelle Sauberzweig

What does a Vitamin B12 shots help with?
• Fatigue
• Metabolism
• Memory
• Focus
• Mood
• REM Sleep
• Immune System

How often should I get a Vitamin B shot?
The body stores in the liver are refilled with the first half a dozen injections which we recommend being spaced 2-4 weeks apart for the first 12 weeks, then maintenance with monthly to quarterly injections for the life of the patient.

Are there any preservatives in the B12 shots that we offer?
No, our shots are preservative free.

Are there any risks associated with Vitamin B?
Vitamin B is usually non-toxic even when taken in large doses

What foods do you obtain Vitamin B from?
Vitamin B comes from food that comes from animals including eggs, fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, milk products and fortified breakfast cereals, fortified soy, fortified energy bars and nutritional yeast.

How long have Vitamin B supplements been used?
Vitamin B has been supplemented for 50 years.

Who are more susceptible to Vitamin B12 deficiency?
• Elderly, vegans and vegetarians
• Inadequate dietary intake of vitamin B12
• Intrinsic factor deficiency
• Any structural damage or wide surgical resection of the terminal ileum (the principal site of Vitamin B12 absorption)
• Achlorydria (including artificially induced by drugs such as proton pump inhibitors)
• Bacterial overgrowth (such as blind loop syndrome)
• Patients on diabetes medication, metformin. This drug may interfere with B12 dietary absorption
• Hereditary causes such as severe MTHFR deficiency, homocystinuria and transcobalamin deficiency
• Patients with chronic intestinal infestation by the tapeworms, Giardiasis or similar parasites

Is it safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women to take Vitamin B?
Yes, but I would recommend them to take the oral supplement and not exceed the daily dosage until no long pregnant or breast feeding. At that point they can begin B12 shots.

Who should NOT receive a Vitamin B12 shots?
Those with Leber’s disease (A hereditary disease in which the optic nerve wastes away. Vitamin B12 can actually speed up the atrophy of the optic nerve resulting in rapid loss of central vision.

Anyone who has undergone heart surgery and received coronary stents may have an increased risk of the artery narrowing again when they take Vitamin B12 so shots are not recommended for them either.

If you are interested in getting a B12 shot, contact Michelle Sauberzwieg, Licensed Acupuncturist at (740) 206-8705.