What Is It?:
- Vitamin B-12 is available in a number of different forms. Some are more active than others. Some are better absorbed. Once absorbed into the body they basically exhibit similar actions in the body. Vitamin B -12 is an essential vitamin, meaning that it is an important vitamin and not made in the human body. Most people are able to get sufficient amounts of Vitamin B-12 in their diets. There are large amounts in red meat and many of the dark green vegetables. Some people have difficulty absorbing Vitamin B-12 from their digestive tract and some people have diets that are lacking in Vitamin B-12. Often, then, Vitamin B-12 is prescribed as a supplement. The dose can range from a couple of micrograms per day up to well over 1,000 micrograms.
- Folic Acid is one of the B-Vitamins, used by the body to manufacture red blood cells. Folic Acid deficiency can lead to anemia.
How To Use: This combination has been made into a sublingual drop. Shake the dropper container and place drops under your tongue. The number of drops is determined by your prescription.
Possible Side Effects: Although side effects are not common, they may occur. Some of the more common side effects include; pulmonary edema and congestive heart failure early in treatment (when given by IV injection), peripheral vascular thrombosis, polycythemia vera, mild transient diarrhea, itching, feeling of swelling of entire body. If you experience any of the following, call your doctor immediately; skin rash, itching, redness, difficulty breathing (this is a rare situation.)
Storage: Keep in the original container. Keep out of the reach of children and pets. This compounded liquid is best when stored in the refrigerator. It enhances the flavor and prolongs its life. Leaving out of the refrigerator for modest amounts of time will not affect the potency of the compound. Store all medicines away from excess heat and moisture. Do NOT store in the bathroom.
Note: If you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with the regular schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed one.