Pharmacologic Category: Vitamin
What is this medicine use for? Aids in growth of healthy blood cells, nerve cells, and proteins in the body; helps with metabolism of fats and carbohydrates; treatment for people who cannot absorb vitamin B12
Who should not take this medicine? Methylcobalamin should not be used in patients with early hereditary optic nerve atrophy, cyanocobalamin hypersensitivity, those who are pregnant
Key warnings before taking this medicine: Your health care provider needs to know if you have any of these conditions: Kidney disease; Leber's disease; megaloblastic anemia; an unusual or allergic reaction to cyanocobalamin, cobalt, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives; pregnant or trying to get pregnant; breast-feeding.
What are the precautious when taking this medicine? Possible interactions include: colchicines; heavy alcohol intake. This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
How is it best taken? This medicine is injected into a muscle or deeply under the skin. It is usually given by a health care professional in a clinic or doctor's office. However, your doctor may teach you how to inject yourself. Follow all instructions. Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What do I do if I miss a dose? If you are given your dose at a clinic or doctor's office, call to reschedule your appointment. If you give your own injections and you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What are some possible side effects of this medicine? Diarrhea and headache. Call your health care provider immediately if you are experiencing any signs of an allergic reaction: skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue, blue tint to skin, chest tightness, pain, difficulty breathing, wheezing, dizziness, red, swollen painful area on the leg
How should I store this medicine? Keep this medicine in a refrigerator below 41°F (5°C). Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Do not flush unused medications or pour down a sink or drain.
General statements: Do not share or take any one else's medicine. Talk with your healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins. This medication was compounded specifically for you. This patient information summarizes the most important information about your medication; if you would like more information, talk with your doctor.