Private Vitamin Injections
We provide two types of vitamin injections in our private clinic at Woodhouse Medical Practice, Leeds. You can choose to have both vitamin injections or just one depending on your requirement. A consultation is completed with our healthcare professional before any injection is administered to ensure this is medically suitable for you.
Vitamin B and C (Pabrinex) injection
This injection contains water soluble vitamin C and vitamin (B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (nicotinamide) and B6 (pyridoxine).
The B group of vitamins are involved in the development and maintenance of the nervous system (brain and nerves) and the formation of blood cells. They help convert food into energy as well as acting as an antioxidant.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant and is responsible for maintaining healthy cell structure and producing an important protein, known as collagen, which is found in the skin, bone, cartilage and tendons. Vitamin C has been linked to boosting the immune system and helping to rejuvenate the skin, hair and nails.
Who is at higher risk of developing Vitamin B and C deficiency?
Vitamins B and C are only obtained from the diet. Vitamin B and C deficiencies can arise in the following circumstances:-
- from poor diet, particularly in alcoholism or psychiatric states
- following surgery
- following infections
- in conditions where the body cannot effectively absorb nutrients from the gut (malabsorption)
- It can also occur with regular kidney haemodialysis, which removes these vitamins from the blood
Who do we recommend private Vitamin B and C injections for?
Pabrinex has traditionally been used to treat patients who are deficient in these vitamins but it can also be used to maintain levels in patients who are not deficient. As the injection only contains water-soluble vitamins, any excess is excreted by the body. It is particularly useful for patients who are recovering from an infection, those who may have an upcoming busy or stressful period or simply those who would like an additional boost to help improve their overall health and wellbeing.
Vitamin B12 injection (hydroxocobalamin)
Vitamin B12 is required for physical growth and red blood cell production. It is also required for the absorption of folic acid and carbohydrates from food and for keeping the nerve system healthy.
What are the symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency?
The most predominant feature of B12 deficiency is tiredness and lack of energy. Other symptoms include sore mouth and tongue, numbness and tingling in the arms and legs, memory loss, mood swings and depression. When treating someone for B12 deficiency, tiredness is the most notable symptom to improve.
Blood tests are available to help diagnose any deficiency. This can be done in our private vaccination clinic or at your own GP practice, if your doctor feels this is clinically suitable. It is worth noting that as the body only requires a small amount of the vitamin daily, a deficiency may take months or years to develop. Furthermore, the total amount of Vitamin B12 may appear within normal range but the active B12 taken up by the cells maybe lower.
Who is at higher risk of developing Vitamin B12 deficiency?
Vitamin B12 deficiency is usually as a result of poor absorption of Vitamin B12 or poor dietary intake. People that are most affected include:-
- People over the age of 50
- Patients with thyroid disorders
- Patients with autoimmune disorders such as Coeliac disease or Crohns disease
Who do we recommend private Vitamin B12 injections for?
Vitamin B12 injections are used for patients with a deficiency of this vitamin. However, if patients are feeling tired and lacking energy, it is a good option to help improve energy levels. As it is a water-soluble vitamin, any excess will be excreted by the body so there is no danger of having too much.
Vitamin B12 injections vs Oral Vitamin B12 supplements
B12 comes in different forms such as an injectable solution and oral tablets. It can also be part of multivitamin tablets.
It is known that, only a small proportion of the oral B12 gets absorbed, that is even if there are no abnormalities of the gut affecting absorption. The Vitamin B12 injection will act quicker and as there will be a higher concentration in the body, patients will feel the effects from this much sooner.
Private Vitamin Blood Tests
We offer a range of private blood tests to help determine a possible deficiency within certain vitamins e.g. vitamin B12. The tests can also be used to determine the effectiveness of treatment. We have listed some of the common tests in the table below but further tests are available on request.
Vitamin B12 Injection
Vitamin B and C Injection
There is no recommended dosing interval for maintenance. We particularly recommend it for patients who are recovering from an infection, have an upcoming busy or stressful period or those who simply want an instant boost in their vitamins.
£70 per dose
Patient information leaflet:
Combined Vitamin B12 & Vitamin B and C
Vitamin B12 Blood Tests
N.B. This test is currently not available within the Leeds laboratory so is being sent to TDL Pathology in London.
This test is more sensitive when determining B12 deficiency as it measures the amount of B12 being transported to tissues.