B12 injections what is the strength you take?

GraceGirl
on 8/1/12 12:38 pm
just wondering? I have to double check I think my script says 1000. Going to fill it today and TRY to inject it...no idea what I am doing lol
 
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poet_kelly
on 8/1/12 12:52 pm - OH
1000 mcg, which is the typical dose.  Are you doing them IM or sub-q?

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GraceGirl
on 8/1/12 1:00 pm
this is how the script is written:
b12 injection 1000mcg/ml
sig:1ml sc or im 1x/month
disp:2 single dose vials
3 cc syringes 25g 1/2 needles
 
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poet_kelly
on 8/1/12 1:14 pm - OH
OK, so you can do it IM or sub-q.  I do mine sub-q (subcutaneous, or under the skin).  Hurts less than in the muscle.

What you do is pick a spot.  I either do my belly or my thigh, like the inside of my thigh were the skin is kinda loose.  You pinch up a little bit of skin and stick yourself.  If you do it fast, it goes in easier.  Or you can get somebody at home to do it for you.

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H.a.l.a. B.
on 8/1/12 2:16 pm
RNY on 05/14/08 with
I get thinner needle - like 29 gauge and 1/2". Hurts less. B12 is liquid so insulin like needle - thin - works like a charm. the higher number of the gauge - the thinner the needle.

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poet_kelly
on 8/1/12 3:19 pm - OH
I think my needles are a size 27.  I asked for the thinnest they had at the pharmacy.

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H.a.l.a. B.
on 8/1/12 3:24 pm
RNY on 05/14/08 with
I got mine on line. (insurance would not pay for them enoughto buy them in pharmacy). the price was very good.

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poet_kelly
on 8/1/12 3:26 pm - OH
My insurance will not pay for mine, either.  But they were pretty cheap at the Kroger pharmacy.  Ended up being something like 25 cents each.

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H.a.l.a. B.
on 8/1/12 3:38 pm
RNY on 05/14/08 with
I think on line with some other items I pay close to 0.15 each, for 100. free shipping.  That way I have enough for 2 years. But 25c each is great price.  Good for you.

H.a.l.a RNY 5/14/2008    

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GraceGirl
on 8/1/12 1:16 pm
Thank you Kelly 
 
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beth1010
on 8/1/12 2:32 pm
RNY on 08/01/11 with

I'm struggling to get my PCP to write me a script for me to do these at home.

For those of you that are doing them at home is it difficult?

My issue is that I have to pay a $25 copay for a nurses visit each time I go in for an injection without a PCP visit. It starts to get costly when it would be covered on my pharmacy plan for cheaper.

He seems to think that since my B12 numbers are good I really don't need monthly B12 injections anyway. but that's a whole OTHER issue.  
    
H.a.l.a. B.
on 8/1/12 2:46 pm
RNY on 05/14/08 with
I give myself a shot once a week. So paying 25 each shot is out of the question.
I got B12 script - no problem giving myself a shot - but I make sure i use thin needles. 

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 "So pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again...." 

poet_kelly
on 8/1/12 3:18 pm - OH
Yes, it's easy.  Did you show him the ASMBS guidelines that say we need to supplement with B12 after RNY?  Your numbers are good because you have been supplementing.  If you stop supplementing, they will not stay good.

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Btrue2u
on 8/1/12 5:06 pm - Toronto, Canada
RNY on 08/20/12
I live in Canada but the B12 here comes in 1000mcg/ml 10ml bottle ...so 10 shots at 100mcg each.  But I can walk in without a script it cost me $4.49 for the bottle and $5 for the needles ..the pharmacist showed me how to inject it and where .....is this a controlled substance in the USA? I think it is cheaper than going through insurance and paying the co-pay and doing it yourself ...There are 10 doses in 1 bottle but I figure 8 since drawing it up and stuff so 8 months worth for like $10...... Not sure if it is the same there.....Good Luck   

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poet_kelly
on 8/1/12 5:20 pm - OH
In the US you have to have a script to get the injectable B12.  You can get sublingual B12 at any store that sells vitamins.  But you need a script for injections or for the nasal spray.  I'm surprised to hear you don't need a script for the injections in Canada.

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Btrue2u
on 8/1/12 6:21 pm - Toronto, Canada
RNY on 08/20/12
No you don't need one here ...I walked into my shoppers drugmart and it is behind the counter but I was able to just ask for it (they keep the iron behind there too) ...it does have an RX# if I wanted to get a script from my doctor and it would be mostly covered by my husbands work plan ...but it was so cheap I didn't worry about it and even though we don't pay for doctors visits or tests ..I was too lazy to go to the doctors just to geta script ..bad eh?? When I head back to the doctors I will get one and leave it at the pharmacy.  I love our heath care here ...our taxes maybe higher but it sure beats having to pay for a doctor visit or a trip to the ER and even surgery is covered ...I truly don't envy your heath care system.  Jenn      

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Btrue2u
on 8/1/12 6:31 pm - Toronto, Canada
RNY on 08/20/12
how much does it cost there ?

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poet_kelly
on 8/1/12 6:43 pm - OH
I'm not sure what it costs if you don't have insurance.  With my insurance, I just pay $2.60 per prescription, and I get ten doses of B12 for that price.  My insurance will not cover the syringes, I had to pay for those myself, and that cost me about $25 for 100 of them.

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Please note: I AM NOT A DOCTOR.  If you want medical advice, talk to your doctor.  Whatever I post, there is probably some surgeon or other health care provider somewhere that disagrees with me.  If you want to know what your surgeon thinks, then ask him or her.    Check out my blog.

 

Btrue2u
on 8/1/12 6:57 pm - Toronto, Canada
RNY on 08/20/12
Plus the cost to go to the doctors too to get the script right ?

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poet_kelly
on 8/1/12 7:00 pm - OH
Yes.  With my insurance, I pay 20% of all doctor's visits, which works out to something like $15 to see my PCP.  But she writes a script with a bunch of refills on it so I don't have to see her about that often.  Usually I just ask her for a new script when I have to see her about something else, I don't make a special trip there just for that.

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Please note: I AM NOT A DOCTOR.  If you want medical advice, talk to your doctor.  Whatever I post, there is probably some surgeon or other health care provider somewhere that disagrees with me.  If you want to know what your surgeon thinks, then ask him or her.    Check out my blog.