Vitamin B12 Injections
Hydrate You IV offers vitamin B12 shots in Oklahoma City and Tulsa as well as surrounding areas. We come to you to administer the injections. Our professionals are trained in administering B12 shots, and they allow you to remain in the comfort of your home while you receive your injection. You can stay relaxed and fit the shot into your busy schedule.
One shot costs $35. We have a $100 minimum mobile fee, so you can consider adding a B12 shot to our other services, such as an IV drip.
What Are the Benefits of B12?
B12 helps produce DNA in red blood cells and keeps the cells in your nervous system healthy and stable. Your body doesn't produce B12 on its own, so you need to eat foods that contain B12 to get this vital vitamin. You can find B12 in animal products, so those who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet may have low levels of B12 and need supplements, such as an injection.
B12 provides many benefits to the body. If you feel tired all the time and lack the energy to get through the day, you may have a B12 deficiency. You could feel fine other than this overwhelming fatigue. Your energy will instantly rise when you take a B12 injection. It has also been shown to help prevent heart disease and boost your memory, among many other benefits.
Your metabolism helps the body break down proteins, fats and carbohydrates, turning them into energy. If you don't get enough vitamin B12, your body won't metabolize food properly, which becomes a challenge if you want to lose weight.
Vitamin B12 can decrease the chances of developing anemia. Healthy red blood cells stay small, while unhealthy ones lacking B12 get bigger and have trouble moving into the bloodstream from the bone marrow. Anemia often comes with symptoms like weakness and fatigue.
Osteoporosis has been linked to vitamin B12 deficiency, which can lead to low bone mineral density. The lower your bones' density, the more likely they are to break and lead to the development of osteoporosis. Women are especially vulnerable to this disease.
Vitamin B12 has been tied to improvements in mood, though the science on this is relatively new. It appears that the production of serotonin drops with a B12 deficiency, which may lead to symptoms of depression.
How Often Should I Get a B12 Shot?
How often you receive a B12 injection may depend on your health and your symptoms. Shots may be administered once, twice or even three times per week, depending on your individual case.
If you don't get enough B12 through your diet, you will need the shots regularly over a long and sustained period of time. It can take a while to overcome vitamin B deficiency. If you have a temporary deficiency, your doctor may recommend less frequent shots. Your doctor may also prescribe vitamin B shots if you are trying to lose weight. In this case, a weekly dose is optimal.
What Are the Symptoms of B12 Deficiency?
How can you tell if you need vitamin B12 injections? You can recognize the signs of a B12 deficiency based on the most common symptoms. Most people who don't have enough B12 notice crippling fatigue that can make it challenging to get through the day. The exhaustion feels different than missing a good night of sleep. People say they can feel it in their bones, a deep tiredness that can make it hard to wake up and keep pushing through work, school or other daily obligations.
People over age 50 are most likely to develop a B12 deficiency. As you age, your body becomes less efficient at absorbing vitamin B. If you are vegan or vegetarian, you are also at risk because meat and other animal products have the most significant share of the vitamin.
Other notable signs of vitamin B12 deficiency include:
- Swollen tongue or other mouth pain
- Memory loss and cognitive challenges
- Losing your balance
- Blurred vision
- Numbing or tingling of the fingertips
- Shortness of breath
Are There Side Effects to B12 Injections?
Side effects of B12 shots tend to be mild, such as itchiness where the shot was administered, feeling swollen skin and having mild diarrhea. Contact your doctor if these symptoms persist. Very rarely, people may have allergic reactions to the injections or develop a rash or swelling by the mouth.
Other Ways to Get Vitamin B12
In addition to getting B12 shots, you can add more of the vitamin to your diet to boost your B12 levels. Foods rich in B12 include:
- Milk and dairy products
If you are vegan, look for B12-fortified products, such as cereal or nut milk, to boost your B12 levels. Nutritional yeast is a good source of the vitamin. You can also ask your doctor about taking supplements for B12.
Where Can I Get B12 Shots in Oklahoma City and Tulsa?
Ready to schedule your B12 injections? Hydrate You IV offers low-cost injections in the comfort of your home. You can also try one of our IV drips in addition to your B12 shot. Text or call us at (918) 520-1238 to set up an appointment.