Frequently Asked Questions
Can anyone have an injection?
B12 is a safe, natural vitamin injection with very few contraindications. If you are over 18 chances are you can have an injection but there are a couple of exceptions.
If you have Lebers Disease you cannot have injections. If you are pregnant or have certain kidney problems we would ask you to get a blood test before we discuss further options.
Are all Vitamin B12 injections the same?
There are 3 different types of Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) that can be injected.
Cyanocobalamin – Mixed with cyanide and used through Europe but not in UK. Takes 3 – 5 days to break down and be used by the body.
Hydroxocobalamin – Used by the NHS, a stable good source of vitamin B12. It is usually injected into the buttock as it is a more painful injection. Takes 2 – 4 days to break down and be used by the body.
Methylcobalamin – The most natural form of cobalamin, and the most costly. Methylcobalamin is the form of B12 we actually use it in the body so no breakdown needed and gets to work straight away.
Can you have too much B12?
No B12 is completely safe and you cannot overdose on it. A water soluble vitamin, any excess is flushed through your urine.
The B12 injection is a ‘friendly’ one, in the top of the arm and no more painful than any other injection, lots of clients say they don’t even know it’s been done.
Is it good for the elderly?
Yes! The acids which we need to absorb B12 decrease naturally from the age of 60 making it harder and harder to absorb B12 through our diets or oral supplements. B12 is beneficial to many body systems and great for ageing wellness.
I have a needle phobia what do I do?
The B12 injection is a ‘friendly’ one, in the top of the arm and no more painful than any other injection, lots of clients say they don’t even know i’ve done it. However if you have a phobia we do offer B12 patches which are the second most effective way of absorbing B12.