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Cyanocobalamin

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Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: CaloMistT [DSC];Ener-B® [OTC];Nascobal®;Twelve Resin-K [OTC]
    • Mexican Brand Names: Dolo-Neurobion Retard;Kiddi Pharmaton;Ledoxina;Tribedoce DX;Vitalen
    • Pharmacologic Category: Vitamin, Water Soluble

    Uses
    • It is used to treat anemia.
    • It is used to stop and treat low vitamin B12.
    • Cyanocobalamin is a diet aid that helps the body make healthy red blood and nerve cells.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • All products:
    • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
    • Oral:
    • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • Long-acting products: Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
    • Under the tongue (sublingual): Place under your tongue and let melt. Do not swallow it whole.
    • Nose:
    • Do not take this drug by mouth. Use in your nose only. Keep out of your mouth and eyes (may burn).
    • Prime pump by squeezing it.
    • Blow your nose before use.
    • Check your spray use with your doctor at each visit. Read and follow the facts on how to use the spray. Make sure you use the spray the right way.
    • Use 1 hour before or after eating or drinking hot foods or liquids.
    • Shot:
    • It is given as a shot into a muscle or under the skin.
    • Your doctor may teach you how to give the shot.
    • Wash your hands before and after use.
    • Throw away needles in a needle/sharp disposal box and take the box back to your doctor when it is full.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from light.
    • Protect tablets from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to cyanocobalamin or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

    Precautions

    • If you have kidney disease, talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Limit your drinking of wine, beer, or mixed drinks.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Be careful climbing.
    • Headache.
    • Nervous and excitable.
    • Loose stools.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Swelling or pain in the leg or arm.
    • Very loose stools.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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