September 10, 2018

Vitamin B12 or cobalamin is a water-soluble vitamin that plays a number of important roles in the body. DNA synthesis, red blood cell production and nervous system functions all depend on vitamin B12.

Vitamin B12 can be got naturally from a diet rich in animal protein like eggs, fish, poultry, red meats, dairy etc. Certain foods like nut milks, soya milk, and flour can also be fortified with vitamin B12.

Causes and symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency

A vitamin B12 deficiency can be caused due to a vegetarian or vegan diet, old age, pregnancy, malnutrition, or digestive problems that prevent the absorption of the vitamin. Certain drugs used to treat diabetes can also cause a vitamin B12 deficiency.

Symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include:
  • Anemia and pale skin
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Nerve damage causing the sensation of pins and needles
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Breathlessness
  • Dizziness
  • High fever
  • Mood swings
  • Blurred vision

A doctor will be able to determine a vitamin B12 deficiency based on medical test results.

Treatment of vitamin B12 deficiency

Vitamin B12 deficiency is treated with supplements. Cyanocobalamin is a synthetic form of vitamin B12 which is used in supplements. Cyanocobalamin is a stable compound and has a long shelf life.

Cyanocobalamin supplements are available as tablets, slow release tablets and subcutaneous injections. Depending on the severity of the deficiency the doctor will prescribe the dose of cyanocobalamin. When bought over the counter to meet dietary requirements, the supplement should be taken as per the instruction on the package.

Cyanocobalamin is a compound of cyanide and cobalamin but is non-toxic at the levels used in the supplement. Smokers need to consult with a doctor before taking cyanocobalamin.

Cyanocobalamin is used to treat methylmalonic aciduria which is a condition wherein the body is unable to breakdown proteins. Medical conditions that prevent the body from absorbing vitamin B12 are also treated with cyanocobalamin.

Things to remember when taking cyanocobalamin

Cyanocobalamin taken in high doses can be toxic, so it is important to stick to the prescribed dose recommended by the doctor or on the pack of the supplement.

Some preparations of the supplement contain cobalt. If you have a cobalt allergy you need to inform your doctor before starting the medication.

Do not take cyanocobalamin without your doctor's advice if you suffer from allergic reactions to other drugs or have an ongoing medical condition.

People who consume alcohol or smoke should not take cyanocobalamin without first consulting with a doctor and presenting all the information.

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