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Ask the doctor: B12 shots vs. pills

Updated: December 06, 2014
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Q. I am 72 years old and was recently diagnosed with B12 deficiency. Which is better—the B12 pill or the shot?

A. Low B12 can cause anemia and fatigue. For many people with low B12 levels, a daily supplement in the form of a pill is as effective as taking a monthly muscle injection. The choice of shot or pill depends on the reason for the deficiency.

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