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5/2/08 3:33 P

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Generally, it gets recommended to women along with folic acid. It's not just for fertility, but also to prevent anemia.

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5/2/08 3:13 P

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I take it daily in OTC tablet form. I actually didn't even know shots were available. I'm not entirely sure why I need the vitamin (I am not vegan..or even vegetarian...), but it was recommended to me, so I take it everyday!

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5/2/08 1:16 P

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I see that PPIs like Prevacid and H2-receptor antagonists like Pepcid inhibit the processing of B12, which stomach acid releases.

It sounds like GERD folks have even more problems getting their B12.



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5/2/08 11:48 A

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Obviously the best way to get any vitamin or mineral is in their natural form but as pointed out vegans can be deficient in B12 because its mostly available in animal products. In addition to shots and pills you can get all the necessary B vitamins in Bee Pollen (avail in health food stores). Its a great source of almost everything our body needs, its natural, and fairly inexpensive as far as supplements go. Hope this information helps.

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I eat fortified break cereal according to spark I get more than enough B12.



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4/30/08 5:21 P

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I can tell you that B-12 injections are generally not covered by your health insurance. The most common reason given is that B-12 is available over the counter in pill form. If you're deficient on some vitamins or minerals, check with your primary doctor about a good suppliment to take.

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You can get them in tablet form and you usually only need to take 1 tablet 1000 mcg per week as trace amounts are in food. Patricia


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I just take a standard One-a-Day supplement, and I'm glad I do. Since being on this site, I've learned that I am VERY deficient in certain vitamins, B12 included.

It is possible to just get the B12 in tablet form, if you don't want to take a multivitamin.

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4/17/08 9:11 P

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As vegans we have to have B12 tablets but not shots. We do know of a doctor in our town who is using B12 shots for weight loss but he has been called into question as he is bogus and has falsified information. I do not know of these other things you mentioned. Jeremy


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I am just curious about whether or not there are any others out there that have had the B12 shots from their doctor. Also, I know that it is better to not use any type of prescribed medicine, but I also wanted to know the truth if there are people who have used or are using doctor prescribed medication, such as phentermine or meridia and are willing to share their experiences. Thanks!

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