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Questions about B12 shots

Discussion in 'Detox: Methylation; B12; Glutathione; Chelation' started by perchance dreamer, Jan 4, 2016.

  1. perchance dreamer

    perchance dreamer Senior Member

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    I had out-of-range values on a hematology report at the end of Nov. when I had pre-op blood work done. My PA suggested B12 shots, once or twice a week, and then getting retested.

    At this clinic they formulate B12 along with other B vitamins and MIC. I spoke briefly to the doctor who formulated it, and she said that the hydroxy and MIC added to the methylated B12 buffers the effect so that people don't get overstimulated.

    Per ML:
    • Methionine, 12.5 MG
    • Inositol, 25 MG
    • Choline, 50 MG
    • Methyl B12, 6.25 MG
    • Hydroxy B12, 6.25 MG
    • B1, 50 MG
    • B2, 5 MG
    • B3, 50 MG
    • B5, 5 MG
    • P5P B6, 5 MG
    • Methylfolate, 5 MG
    I had read that it can take weeks or months to feel an effect from the shots, but I had my first full dose this morning and feel slightly more energy and elevated mood. It feels very even.

    If any of you have had B12 shots, how long did it take you to feel an effect?

    I don't quite understand how a shot of B12 can last for days, enough so that with this particular formulation, only 1 or 2 shots a week are required.

    I asked my PA if patients who get the shots continue to take their usual supplemental B12. I have taken a sublingual and a transdermal form for years. She said I'd need to see how it goes and that some patients can stop their usual B12 supplements while others need to continue.

    I'm lucky there are good MTHFR literate practitioners in Austin. If this shot doesn't work out for me, I go to another doctor who has a less potent form of B12 shots for daily use. I'd much rather do it once or twice a week rather than daily.

    Thanks
     
  2. PeterPositive

    PeterPositive Senior Member

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    It is common practice to administer one high dose B12 shot a week. In some stronger deficiencies 2 shots are also used. The formulation you have listed is quite strong, containing 12mg of B12 and 5mg of folate.

    I think you will feel it the very first time :)
     
  3. perchance dreamer

    perchance dreamer Senior Member

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    I'll be interested to see how sleep goes tonight since I had my first full-dose shot this morning. I had been a little worried since I've had sleep problems from too much B12 and methylfolate before. But since this shot has MIC, I'm hoping that will prevent any sleep problems.

    If this shot works out for me, I can have my husband give it to me at home, and it will be a good deal less expensive than getting it at the clinic. He'd have to get trained and show that he can do it properly first. It sure would be convenient.
     
  4. Strawberry

    Strawberry Senior Member

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    Hoping to hear how you do on the shots. I am supposed to self administer 3 per week. *shudder* :cautious:
     
  5. perchance dreamer

    perchance dreamer Senior Member

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    @Strawberry, have you started giving yourself the shots yet?

    My PA said some people do self administer the shots, but I really don't understand how. These are given at the top of one of the butt cheeks. I guess it could be moved over to more of the hip area. It would be a lot easier to self inject the thigh.

    I'm sure people get used to injecting themselves. It's probably just gathering the nerve that first time.

    I'll report back with any changes that I notice, and I'd be interested to hear how you do, too.
     
  6. Mary

    Mary Senior Member

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    @perchance dreamer - I gave myself B12 shots for a couple of years. I tried both methylcobalamin and hydroxocobalamin. I forget the doses, but never noticed any difference. I'm very glad to hear that you feel better with just one shot! Perhaps it's the combination of everything, or perhaps I just didn't need the shots, or perhaps I needed a higher dose. I've been doing sublingual methylB for several years now, and also taking folate, P-5-P, etc.

    FWIW, when I did the shots, I did them in my thigh, right in the middle where there is the most muscle, and I would alternate legs - I did them 2 or 3 times a week, I forget exactly. It wasn't too bad. I felt like I was doing something at least! :p

    Anyways, if what you are doing is working for you, that's great. You may need to keep up the sublingual, I think we are all lab experiments! BTW, what is MIC?
     
  7. perchance dreamer

    perchance dreamer Senior Member

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    Hi, @Mary. MIC is the combination of methionine, inositol, and choline. The combo is sometimes given as a stand-alone shot.
     
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