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Robin
Mar 11, 2001

I am going to start taking B12 shots at home, once a month. Where is the easiest place to do this?

Response from Dr. Frascino

Vitamin B-12 supplementation can be given in several ways. The injectable form is generally given into a large muscle such as the upper arm, buttocks, or thigh. Where you give the shot will depend on if you are going to administer it yourself or have someone give it to you. If you do it yourself, the thigh is probably most convenient. Your pharmacist will give you an information sheet on proper injection techniques, including sites for injection, when you pick up your first prescription. If the instructions aren't included, ask the pharmacist for a copy.

You should also be aware that Vitamin B-12 supplements can be given by a topical gel applied inside the nose. This is often more convenient than the injections. Once your anemia is stabilized on the injections, you might want to consider the nasal topic gel/spray.

Best of luck,

RJF


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