Can I start vitamin B12 treatment with Superdrug Online Doctor?
If you’re currently receiving treatment for vitamin B12 deficiency you request a treatment appointment through Superdrug Health Clinic, but will need to provide evidence from your doctor. You can organise this by contacting Superdrug Health Clinic on 0203 808 0064. You will be provided with a note to give to your GP, which they will complete and return to us.
If you’ve not had vitamin B12 treatment before, but feel you may be deficient and need treatment, you can receive this from Superdrug if you take an extended test which shows you are deficient.
The basic test kit only checks to see if the active level of vitamin B12 in your blood is abnormally low. An abnormal result from the basic test kit, is not enough to start treatment with us.
We recommend taking this test if you’re already getting treatment for vitamin B12 deficiency and need to check that your levels are within the normal range.
The extended test kit checks your vitamin B12 and folate levels, and for antibodies against intrinsic-factor proteins in your blood. If these antibodies are present this may prevent your body from absorbing vitamin B12, causing a condition known as pernicious anaemia.
If you take the extended test kit, and your B12 levels are low, you may be able to start injectable vitamin B12 treatment with Superdrug Health Clinic. One of our doctors will contact you for more information and advise you about the next steps.
How long does it take to recover from vitamin B12 deficiency?
The symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency usually improve soon after you start treatment, but may take up to 6 weeks to improve. You may be advised to initially take vitamin B12 as often as every other day, until your symptoms improve.
After this time, depending on the cause of your vitamin B12 deficiency, you may need to take it continuously for life (if you have pernicious anaemia or are on a vegan diet), or just for a few months until your vitamin B12 levels return to normal.
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