People use vitamin B12 for a variety of reasons—weight loss, combatting a deficiency, treating pernicious anemia and more. If you’ve purchased this vitamin, you’ll need to know where the B12 injection sites are!
Intramuscular vs. Subcutaneous Injections
For the most part, there are very little differences between the two administration styles. The primary difference lies in the angle of injection.
When injecting, it’s important to hold the needle at a 90 degree angle for intramuscular injections and at a 45 degree angle for subcutaneous inoculations.
Vitamin B12 Injection Sites
There are several places that are acceptable B12 injection sites and age is an important consideration. Here are the top vitamin B12 injection sites:
- Upper arm: The deltoid muscle (in the shoulder) is a good choice for adolescents and young to middle-aged adults. If the muscle is well-developed, older adults can utilize this site as well.
- Thigh: This is the easiest self-injection site and is located midway between the groin and knee. This is the vastus lateralis muscle and is recommended for newborns, infants, children and adults as a suitable vitamin B12 injection site.
- Outer hip: Known as the ventrogluteal site, located above the hip joint on the side of the body, this is a great place for adults and children older than 7 months. This site is particularly well appreciated as it is free of major blood vessels and nerves that could be damaged accidentally.
- Buttocks: While this used to be highly recommended, now it’s a last resort option. It’s the dorsogluteal site and resides quite close to the sciatic nerve and major blood vessels.
Considering B12 Shots?
The benefits of B12 shots are numerous. Aside from the usefulness in the realm of weight loss, it’s important to note that B12 can aid in sleep and mood issues. B12 is an essential nutrient that helps maintain nervous and circulatory system functions as well as brain performance. It can stimulate metabolism and help deter depression.
While the idea of giving yourself a shot might not be so appealing, the fact that side effects are limited and benefits are many should aid you in this decision. The next step is deciding when and where to purchase B12 injections.
Take a look at our selection of vitamin B12 shots (and other vitamin injections). We sell both methylcobalamin and cyanocobalamin injections. We also offer the choice between subcutaneous and intramuscular injections.