B-12 is a nutrient that helps keep nerve and blood cells healthy as well as helps with the birth of DNA. If someone has a B12 deficiency and receives injections they are provided with energy, a boosted metabolism and increased weight loss. The frequency of injections varies from patient to patient. On average, patients are seen: weekly, biweekly or monthly for their injections.
Signs of low B12 levels:
- Sore tongue
- Tingling and numbness in your fingers and toes
- Difficulty walking
- Mood change
- Memory loss
B-Complex is composed of a group of various B vitamins which all serve a different purpose.
- B1 (thiamine): Thiamine is important for brain and nerve function as well as energy use throughout the body.
- B2 (riboflavin): Riboflavin is used to help make and transport energy in the body. It also helps with brain function and helps make chemicals that protect the body from free radical damage.
- B3 (niacin): Niacin is an essential part of both using energy and storing energy in the body.
- B5 (pantothenic acid): B5 is often used by the body to break down and build proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
- B6 (pyridoxamine): Vitamin B6 is used to make some of the building blocks of proteins and also helps to break down carbohydrates and fats.
- B7 (biotin): Biotin is important in making the building blocks of proteins and also helps the body store energy.
- B9 (folic acid): Folic acid plays a key role in copying and repairing DNA, which makes it especially important in growth.
- B12 (cobalamine): B12 is important in copying DNA, but also plays a role in breaking down fats and proteins. It’s heavily used in the brain and nervous system. It aids in increasing metabolism and energy levels.
Who administers the injection?
A registered nurse or medical assistant will perform the treatment.
Where is the injection administered?
The injection can be administered in the deltoid or glute dependent on which vitamin type is selected.
Is it painful?
The B-12 injection is like any regular shot. There are some clients that will find it uncomfortable when initially injected, but is the pain is minimal. The B-complex does have a lingering stinging due to its higher dosage and inclusion of more B-vitamins.
What kind of results can I expect?
Results are dependent on your vitamin B levels and do vary. Some patients experience immediate changes in energy and brain function, where others may feel them the following day. With continuous use, the B-vitamins will help manage and store energy within the body. This may result in increased brain function, higher energy levels and a better overall mood.
What can I expect during an office visit?
Following general paperwork, the nurse or medical assistant will take you back to a treatment room, do a full assessment and give their best recommendation as far as how often you should be receiving the injection. At this time, the person administering the injection will go over the procedure and ask if you have any further questions. The patient will then be injected with the B-vitamin shot of their choice and the front desk should set up the next appointment.
Should I receive multiple injections?
Yes, this treatment is the most effective with consistent injections. The Vitamin-B injection, on average, is taken once every 7 - 10 days. Every patient is different, and may receive a different recommendation.