Author(s): Nyholm E, Turpin P, Swain D, Cunningham B, Daly S, , Nyholm E, Turpin P, Swain D, Cunningham B, Daly S,
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Abstract Oral vitamin B12 can provide an effective alternative to intramuscular injections, so giving patients a choice and reducing costs in primary care. This study investigated the effectiveness, safety, and acceptability of oral vitamin B12 as replacement therapy in patients with vitamin B12 deficiency in a city general practice population. Forty patients previously maintained on vitamin B12 injections were given 1000 micro g of oral cyanocobalamin daily for up to 18 months. All the patients maintained satisfactory serum B12 levels and showed normal haematology and neurology. Compliance and acceptability was excellent. The time for a change in practice has indeed arrived.
This article was published in Postgrad Med J
and referenced in Journal of Blood Disorders & Transfusion