Questions for those who do B12 injections
First of all, my insurance paid for the B12 (which must be injected, of course) but refused to pay for the needles and syringes (which you must have in order to inject the B12, of course). That makes no sense to me. Has anyone else had that problem? I just paid for it myself, but I'd rather my insurance covered it, if I can get them to do so.
Also, how do you dispose of the used needles and syringes? I asked the pharmacist and she said to get a plastic container with a lid and put them in there and when it gets full just throw it in the trash. That doesn't sound right to me. Are you really supposed to set used needles out at the curb with your garbage to be collected?
My target pharmacy has BD containers for 2.99 that I throw just the needles in and throw the syringes away in the trash. I suppose I could throw the entire thing in the container for the cost of it -- not very expensive -- but I figured why waste the space for something that isn't hazardous? Sides I was keeping some of the first syringes for dosing the kids (hey, you never know when you need a nice metered syringe?)
So that's what I do. It's been nice to have since my husband uses razor blades rather than a regular razor to shave with so we put his blades in that when he's done, and we had a kitchen knife break that we put in there.
My insurance pays for the needles and syringes. I would call your insurance company on that one. That's ridiculous.
When I dispose of the needle, which is only one time per month, I recap it with the plastic cover and try to place it in a container (such as a used empty bottle of water ). I believe that is the safest way. You could, of course, purchase a container from the pharmacy or medical supply store, but for one needle per month, I'd rather just use a recycled water bottle!!
If your B12 is low, you'll lack energy. Boosting your B12 should give you energy in that case. If your B12 is good, then taking some probably won't give you energy.
Your labs may not show your B12 as being low yet because we store a lot of that in our bodies and you can usually go for quite a while without getting enough before your numbers drop very low. But it WILL eventually get low if you don't start taking some. Also, when you get your labs done, be aware that they often tell you that your B12 is OK when it's really not. What I mean is, most labs consider it "normal" if it's 200-900. But studies show that if it drops below 550, people usually start having problems with memory and concentration and depression. If it drops below 400, people usually start having neurological problems. But your's can be 250 and you can be having trouble walking due to that and your lab report will say it's normal.
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I find taking a B12 shot easier than remember to take another pill. But that is just me. I also take Embrel shots and the company provides the little red "sharps" containers for free.
My insurance does not cover syringes either. But mine don't cost much either.
Just a side note - I also try to get my doctor to order the largest bottle of B12 each year - even multiple large bottles are better. In case we ever have some sort of catastrophic event I never want to be without a supply of B12! In my case I have Pernicious Anemia and so B12 is vital
to keeping me alive...so I stock pile it all the time!
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My ins won't pay for them, but if I get rx, I pay no sales tax. BUT they'd be about 2/$1 I prefer to get them more like 6/$1
All told, that's $16 or so a year for every 2 weeks. For us, 2 ppl x weekly, we need 52 EACH, so I usually get a better deal on 4 bx.
One time the promo was a sharps box. I got another "new" sharps box on www.freecycle.org I got one at Costco for under $3. Then I got this HUGE one...forget where. Costco took the small ones. My doc office said they'd take the big ones if I took them out of the box (not possible), so at some point, we toss the syringes in various bits of trash (part in plastic recycle, but the plungers in the trash). Only the needles go in the sharps container.
That said, not sure where the big one will go when I can't fit one more in there. Weighs a ton. LOL
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As far as the needles go, I have a biohazard container for another injectable medication I use but you can buy them in any pharmacy and once they are filled, you can return them to the local hospital or some ambulance corp or fire departments. Some doctors offices will even take them for you, you can check with them. In NY, it is illegal to put them in the trash. Kids can get there hands on them and stick themselves.
I'll check with my doctor's office or the local hospital and see if they will take the needles. It didn't seem right to me to thow them in the trash. I would be afraid someone might get into the trash and stick themselves. I mean, not that you should be going through someone's trash, but it happens. Or what if raccoons get in the trash or something? That happens around here. They can take the lids off the trash cans and everything.