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Vitamin B12 deficiency


Treatment for vitamin B12 deficiency

Treatment given for vitamin B12 deficiency will depend on what doctors find is causing it.

If a lack of B12 in the diet is found to be the likely cause, advice on eating more vitamin B12 rich food will be given. Good sources of vitamin B12 include meat, salmon, milk, eggs, some fortified breakfast cereals and some soy products.
Vitamin B12 supplement tablets may also be prescribed.

Regular vitamin B12 injections of hydroxycobalamin may also be recommended.

Further blood tests will be needed to check for improvements in vitamin B12 levels so supplements or injection doses can be regulated.

How to prevent vitamin B12 deficiency

For most people, eating a healthy balanced diet containing meat, poultry, seafood, milk, cheese and eggs is enough to get sufficient vitamin B12.

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on January 20, 2017

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