Vitamin B12 injection
What is vitamin B12 deficiency?
Vitamin B12 deficiency is common the vitamin is obtained in our diet meaning those who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet are more likely to become deficient. Vitamin B12 deficiency can be treated or prevented with a hydroxcobalamin injection as often as every 28 days.
Even if a person is not deficient in Vitamin B12, as defined by a blood test, the symptoms of a B12 deficiency may include:
Feeling weak or tired
Problems with vision
Pins and needles
Reduced mental functions
Wish to check you vitamin B12 levels? Book a blood test here.
Who is the injection for?
An individual that wishes to try to reduce tiredness and fatigue
An individual that wishes to try to improve mental clarity and focus
An individual who wishes to increase their vitamin B12 levels for purposes of protecting and maintaining their long term health.
An individual following a plant based diet, who is at risk of developing a vitamin B12 deficiency.
This service does not aim to diagnose and/or treat vitamin B12 deficiency. You should consult your GP for a formal diagnosis, which may require a different treatment plan as per NHS guidelines. Receiving B12 injections may delay a formal diagnosis of deficiency.
What is in the injection?
Hydroxocobalamin - a UK licensed Prescription Only Medicine (POM), used by us to protect and maintain the health of individuals successfully completing our medical screening form.
Hydroxocobalamin is a form of vitamin B12 used to treat Vitamin B12 deficiency. We use the medicine to treat the potential symptoms of suboptimal vitamin B12 levels and to protect the health of those following a Plant Based Diet absent in the vitamin.
To our knowledge, most of the ampoules within the UK supply chain are suitable for use by Vegans. Nevertheless, we encourage anyone that is vegan to contact us to clarify this on the basis of the particular stock currently being used there.
Hydroxocobalamin has been used for decades and it has a long and proven safety record with very few reports of side effects affecting patients. Please review the Patient Information Leaflet for more detailed information from the manufacturer. The medicine is virtually non-toxic and has very few drug interactions.
Following any kind of intramuscular injection it is possible for soreness, numbness, redness, itching or bruising to develop at the injection site. This is often mild and short-lived, lasting for no longer than 24hrs.
We carefully and thoroughly identify people who may not be suitable to receive a vitamin B12 (Hydroxocobalamin) injection to ensure their safety, Completing our medical screening form honestly and accurately allows us to do this. A member of our team will review your information once you have completed the medical screen and, if appropriate, they may authorise a private prescription.
This service is only available to the age of 18 and above.
Furthermore, Any Cancellation within 48 hours prior to appointment will incur a charge of 20% of total service cost.