Vitamin Injections &
IV Drip Therapy
Cyanocobalamin is a man-made form of vitamin B12 used to treat low levels (deficiency) of this vitamin. Vitamin B12 helps your body use fat and carbohydrates for energy and make new protein. It is also important for normal blood, cells, and nerves. Most people get enough vitamin B12 in their diet, but a deficiency may occur in certain health conditions (e.g., poor nutrition, stomach/intestinal problems, infection, cancer). Serious vitamin B12 deficiency may result in anemia, stomach problems, and nerve damage.
An untreated vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to neurological problems or pernicious anemia, which occurs when your body doesn’t have enough B12 to produce the amount of red blood cells it needs. Vitamin B12 shots are the most common way to prevent or treat a deficiency. The injections are prescribed by a qualified professional and given intramuscularly, or into muscle.
Injections are usually given as hydroxocobalamin or cyanocobalamin. These are very effective at raising blood levels of B12 and preventing/reversing a deficiency.
So, what are the benefits?
Our busy lifestyles mean that many of us are unknowingly deficient in key vitamins and minerals that are essential for the optimum performance of the body. Vitamin B12 plays an important role in many of the body’s functions and a deficiency in this valuable vitamin will quickly make itself known.
1. Prevents Fatigue
Vitamin B12 is required for the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen and nutrients around the body. Many patients suffering from a B12 deficiency visit their GP complaining of tiredness and fatigue.
2. Gives You an Energy Boost
B12 assists in the process of converting food into glucose, which the body requires for energy production.
3. Improves Brain Power
Vitamin B12 plays a role in supporting mental and cognitive performance.
4. Lowers the Risk of Heart Disease
B12 lowers levels of a compound known as homocysteine that is linked to increased risk of heart attacks and stroke.
5. Slows Down Memory Loss
Vitamin B12 can slow down memory loss – a study published earlier this year in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition compared the use of lower and higher serum vitamin B12 concentrations in ageing patients and found that those who’d had the higher dose performed better in memory tasks.
6. Protects Yourself Against Cancer & Other Diseases
B12 has been found to be key in preventing and combatting a number of serious health concerns, including various types of cancer.
7. Helps You Lose Weight
B12 boosts the metabolism so increasing levels of this vitamin can be an invaluable support if you’re trying to lose weight through diet. It’s energy-giving benefits will also aid your efforts in the gym.
8. Alleviates Anxiety
B12 can help fight mood swings, loss of focus and depression in a number of ways. One way it does this is by synthesising melatonin, dopamine and serotonin, the chemical messengers that influence your moods.
9. Aids Sleep
As well as regulating your mood, melatonin also controls your sleeping patterns and if you’re suffering from a B12 deficiency, a common side effect is being unable to sleep and then feeling tired throughout the day.
10. Helps Improve Your Appearance
B12 is essential for the health of your skin, hair and nails as it plays a role in cell reproduction and therefore the renewal of your skin.
IV nutrient therapy is fast becoming the preferred method for ensuring you’re getting adequate vitamins and minerals and at IV Boost UK many of our vitamin drips contain B12, but we also offer a B12 vitamin shot who want an instant delivery of this powerhouse vitamin to exactly where it is needed.
What does vitamin B12 do for you?
Vitamin B12 is vital for health, required for proper red blood cell (RBC) formation + provides the body with energy. It's involved in approximately 100 vital bodily functions including DNA synthesis, protein conversion, neurological function + fatty acid production. Because it’s so important for health, it’s the foundation of all our formulas. Benefits include improved energy, better sleep, elevated mood (it raises serotonin), increased focus, hormone regulation + so much more!
B12 has been used to treat conditions including bursitis, hepatitis, Bell’s palsy, vitiligo, herpes zoster, hyperhomocysteinemia, sciatica, trigeminal neuralgia, depression, dementia, chronic fatigue, neurodermatitis, diabetic neuropathy, hyperthyroidism, asthma, infertility, tobacco amblyopia + cyanide poisoning.
How is a B12 shot different than taking an oral supplement?
Many people have trouble with nutrient absorption—from supplements or food—due to the presence of intestinal inflammation, poor gut health, or a deficiency of intrinsic factors—glycoprotein produced in the stomach that's essential for B12 absorption. Injecting nutrients intramuscularly sidesteps this issue by delivering nutrients directly to the cells, feeding your body instantaneously for immediate utilization.
How long will the effects of a B12 shot last?
The effects of our shots vary between individuals. Most people feel the effects for about one week. The nutrients we provide are water-soluble; the only water-soluble nutrient that has the capability of being stored in the body is vitamin B12, so whatever your body doesn’t readily utilize it will store for later use. If your body stores are full, the B12 your body doesn’t need will be excreted in the urine, which may appear to be pink-ish.
Are B12 shots prescription-only?
Yes and no. As a doctor can technically prescribe you this shot, but so can qualified trained cosmetic & aesthetic professionals. Even though our injections consist of natural medicines—vitamins, minerals, amino acids, homeopathics, any solution that is meant to be injected into the body is Rx-only (that includes saline solution!).
You will be seen by myself or a doctor for your shot. Due to this is being a prescribe injectable, you will need to complete and e-sign an informed consent that includes your correct and legal name and date of birth (verified by valid photo ID) prior to being seen. We have the right to refuse you as a client should you falsify this information and may block you from having the ability to schedule reservations.
Do not order B12 or any other substance for injection off the Internet. Solutions sold on the Internet may be mislabeled, adulterated, expired, or meant for other uses. It is not legal to sell injectable solutions on the Internet without a valid (Rx) prescription.
Are there preservatives, parabens or toxic ingredients in the shots?
No. The only “preservative” in some of our shots is a small percentage (0.9%) of benzyl alcohol, a natural preservative, which is generally considered safe except for those with an allergy to benzyl alcohol (rare) and mamas breastfeeding neonates or low-birth-weight babies; B12 (and the benzyl alcohol) passes into breast milk. Some solutions may also contain NaOH (sodium hydroxide) to adjust the pH. We do not use commercially manufactured B12 or injectable solutions made with parabens. In most commercially available forms of B12 we've found, there's commonly three times more parabens than B12 in solution for injection, yielding a shot of toxic preservatives with a “side” of vitamin B12. We use “clean” + cruelty-free solutions!
Can I get a shot if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
Not at FabYourself... We err on the side of caution & take your & your baby’s health very seriously.
You can find places that will administer shots to you (& they will highly recommend it), but know this: Vitamin B12 shots are pregnancy & breastfeeding category C, meaning it is not known whether they will harm an unborn or nursing baby. Additionally, most compounded B12 for injection (including ours) contains benzyl alcohol as a natural preservative. While this is generally considered safe, it is not safe for neonates (newborns less than 4 weeks old) or low-birth-weight babies. B12 along with the benzyl alcohol passes into breast milk & has been associated with toxicity, metabolic acidosis & death in those baby populations.
It is much safer to take an oral or sublingual B12 supplement if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Please consult your obstetrician; naturopathic doctors cannot practice midwifery unless they are also licensed midwives.
What are biological homeopathic preparations?
Biological homeopathic preparations are composed of low-dose active ingredients that help restore the body's ability to self-regulate & heal. They contain sterile water for injection & sodium chloride; there are no preservatives or animal-derived components in the preparations we use. They are classified as immunomodulatory drugs and are non-toxic, have no or extremely rare side effects, no known drug interactions and are compatible with subsequent allopathic (conventional) drug use. Many people have benefited from injectable biological therapy, oftentimes where allopathic medications have not offered relief. The preparations are all different but similarly focus on drainage, detoxification, regeneration + oxygenation to promote healing from within.
Biological homeopathic preparations for injection are sterile solutions & are very different from the homeopathic remedies (pills & tablets) found in the green, yellow, blue + purple canisters at your local health store.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects are generally non-existent or mild. On occasion, you may experience some discomfort, bruising, redness, itching, inflammation, or tenderness at or around the site of injection that could last from a few minutes to several days. Less frequent side effects may include lightheadedness, nausea, fatigue, headache, dizziness, warmth or flushing. True allergic reaction is extremely rare. However, if you experience throat swelling, a pruritic (itchy) body rash, dangerously low blood pressure (that may result in lightheadedness, fainting or feeling weak), or symptoms associated with anaphylaxis (trouble breathing) following administration of any injection, please visit your nearest emergency department without hesitation or call 9-1-1. If you know you are allergic to any of the ingredients in a shot — please avoid it!
Shots that contain a homeopathic solution may cause what's known as a curative response, which is not to be confused with a side effect. A curative response is not always experienced, but when it is, it is nothing more than the perceptible effect of the homeopathic remedies in their curative action—enabling the body to change from a state of imbalance to one of balance. These effects can be more or less pronounced, but soon pass as the body moves beyond the effect of the remedy + proceeds to gently heal (balance) itself. You may also notice that your urine is pink or “reddish”—this occasionally happens if the shot you’ve received contains more B12 than what your body can utilize + store at the moment. Your kidneys will flush out the excess; because B12 for injection is red, urine may appear pink or reddish (it’s nothing to be concerned about).
Do the shots hurt?
Everyone’s pain tolerance is different; however, discomfort or pain is more common when you are dehydrated, tense, or you’ve just worked out the muscle we’ve just injected … or (C) … all of the above! The key is to relax, be well-nourished & hydrated! Being well-hydrated also decreases risk of bruising from an injection.
We are very proficient & a shot typically causes little to no pain. You will be instructed on how to stand & breathe for relaxation & the most comfortable experience.
Who can benefit from getting a shot?
Everyone can certainly benefit from receiving a shot with vitamin B12. People who are most at risk of being B12 insufficient or deficient are vegans + vegetarians, older adults, individuals with atrophic gastritis, pernicious anemia, gastrointestinal disorders, those who have had gastrointestinal surgery & people who take certain medications including, but not limited to, estrogen (HRT), H2 receptor antagonists (such as Tagamet®, Pepcid® + Zantac®), PPIs (Proton Pump Inhibitors such as Prilosec® or Prevacid®), Chloramphenicol (Chloromycetin®) + Metformin.
Will the shots keep me awake at night?
Our shots do not contain any stimulants, but it’s generally best to experience a shot earlier in the day (we recommend before 5:00 PM). Getting a shot too late in the day may promote insomnia that night & possibly vivid dreams depending on how sensitive you are. Vitamin B12, while providing cellular energy by day, is known to help promote deeper, healthier sleep when it comes to bedtime (if it's not taken too late in the day).
Where on the body do you inject the shots?
Our shots are intramuscular (IM) injections, meaning the solution gets injected into your muscle. We typically administer the shots in the upper outer quadrant of the gluteus medius muscle. Don't worry—we don’t need much ‘southern exposure’! It’s not technically on the buttocks, it’s just above it in the hip region.
Will I bruise?
If you're taking a medication or supplement that thins the blood like warfarin, Coumadin, aspirin, fish oil, ginkgo biloba, garlic ... your risk of bruising from a shot increases. Other reasons for bruising include, but are not limited to, thinning skin, vasculitis, purpuric dermatosis, platelet deficiency, liver disease, vitamin K deficiency, vitamin C deficiency, moving your body during the injection, or dehydration. It’s important to remain still + relaxed until you’re told “you’re all set”!
Can I get a shot to go?
No. Shots are administered on site + not dispensed to leave our premises. To ensure sterility + authenticity of our shots, they need to be administered once they're drawn up specific for each client. Your safety + health is our primary concern.