Also referred to as hydroxocobalamin, vitamin B12 is a naturally occurring substance that plays an important role in the regulation and functioning of the digestive system. Among other things, vitamin B12 is also required for the creation of red blood cells and DNA. While the body doesn't actually create its own vitamin B12, it stores it in the liver for up to five years. But if you have a diet that's chronically deficient in this essential nutrient, you may develop a range of unpleasant symptoms. Fish and meat products are rich in vitamin B12. Eggs and dairy produce are also good sources of the nutrient.
People who develop vitamin B12 deficiency may need an additional source of the nutrient. For some, taking supplements can help. But certain conditions and medications can interfere with the absorption of the vitamin. For these people, vitamin B12 injections at a private GP clinic might be the answer.
In the UK, the most common cause of vitamin B12 deficiency is pernicious anaemia. People suffering from this condition may be prescribed hydroxocobalamin injections.
According to the NHS, a long-term deficiency in the vitamin can lead to vitamin B12 anaemia - a shortage of red blood cells. If the deficiency is left untreated, the following symptoms can develop and worsen with time:
Pale skin or yellow skin
Loss of appetite
Pins and needles
A painful tongue
A chronic deficiency can also lead to long-term mood changes. This may be because vitamin B12 plays a crucial role in the creation of serotonin - a neurotransmitter responsible for regulating our moods.
Hydroxocobalamin injections administered at a private GP's clinic can begin alleviating the symptoms of vitamin B12 anaemia within hours. They're more easily absorbed into the body than oral supplements, which is why they're being prescribed by doctors more frequently.
For some people, a hydroxocobalamin injection might be required several times within a year. However, people with chronic anaemia may need injections for life.
If you take certain medications regularly - such as proton pump inhibitors for a stomach ulcer - your body may struggle to absorb natural vitamin B12 from supplements.
You might experience a brief stinging sensation as one of our medical professionals administers your hydroxocobalamin injection, but this shouldn't last for more than a couple of seconds.
Your symptoms should begin to alleviate in a matter of days. However, you might need a course of injections if your vitamin B12 deficiency is severe.
This differs from patient to patient, and it often depends on the severity of the symptoms and any underlying health issues. However, most injections deliver between one and three months of relief.
There are potential side effects related to all medications, and hydroxocobalamin is no different. However, they're relatively rare. And even when people do experience them, they're usually mild. Your vitamin B12 injection will be administered into a muscle. Intramuscular injections might sound a little frightening, but they're routine. And while you might experience some discomfort at the time, this will probably subside after just a few seconds.
The most common side effects associated with vitamin B12 injections are:
Swelling, mild pain and itchiness in and around the injection site
Nausea and vomiting
There are one or two more serious side effects, but they're exceptionally rare. Palpitations and anaphylaxis occur in a tiny percentage of patients. Our fully certified and vastly experienced medical professionals are here to answer your questions and allay any misgivings you might have.
If you live in Cardiff, Newport, Swansea or any of the surrounding areas, booking your private vitamin B12 injection couldn't be easier. You can call us on 03456 252 252 to speak to someone or book online in a matter of seconds.
Your entire visit to the iGP surgery shouldn't last more than 15 to 20 minutes. For just £55, you can enjoy relief from the most debilitating effects of vitamin B12 deficiency, so get in touch today.
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