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Can You Take Too Much B-12?

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Hi. I was on this forum a while ago, then quit the celiac diet and went into strong denial about the disease itself. I am now back with evidence of nutritional deficiencies, including anemia, but don't want to run up the medical bills again to have all the levels checked again. My question is, will it hurt to take sublingual b-12 if I don't need it, or now that I am on a mulitvitamin is that enough. I am taking a iron supplement, because that was part of the normal bloodwork and recommended by my doctor. I am tired all the time and looking for some help to get back to speed.

My sister and my mom are both celiacs and I have successfully managed the diet for a year in the past, then I started with all these doubts. I know I can do this. In the meantime, I have been diagonosed with bipolar, so I am hoping getting a handle on my moods with help me with my diet changes that I KNOW I have to make for LIFE.

Thanks for any help you guys can offer. I often lurk and know how great and helpful you all can be.

Missy

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Hi!

I did a websearch for you and found tons of pages saying that an overdose is extremely rare and not life threatening. I wasn't able to find a description of the symptoms of an overdose, but I did find one page that actually described side effects and symptoms of allergic reaction, which I would assume would be similar. http://www.medicinenet.com/vitamin_b12foli...ral/article.htm

Nancy

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I have a book called the Doctor's complete guide to Vitamins and Minerals. It lists practically everything you would ever want to know about any type of supplement.

What it says about B-12 toxicity (overdose) is that it may cause acne-like eruptions on the skin or worsening of acne if you already have it, but that is the only known side effect of overdose.

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Missy, in regards to the bipolar, if you can get a handle on the diet, you may notice a major improvement in your bipolar symptoms. Prior to my dx, I was on meds for depression and anxiety, after about 6 months to a year I was able to completely wean off of the meds and have had absolutely NO reappearance of the ugly mental issues

I also take a Isotonic B-12 every morning and it really helps my energy levels.

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Thank you all for the help. Hopefully, it will help my energy levels.

Missy

Missy, in regards to the bipolar, if you can get a handle on the diet, you may notice a major improvement in your bipolar symptoms. Prior to my dx, I was on meds for depression and anxiety, after about 6 months to a year I was able to completely wean off of the meds and have had absolutely NO reappearance of the ugly mental issues

I also take a Isotonic B-12 every morning and it really helps my energy levels.

How did you know when you were ready to wean off of the meds? I was told I would be on them for life, but my symptoms started around the same time my celiac symptoms started (while pregnant), for the most part (I also had some during my teenage years, but milder but didn't we all, LOL). I would love to eventually not have to take all of these meds. With three for my bipolar (which I verified were gluten-free) and then a vitamin, iron and b-12, I feel like a medicine cabinet.

Missy

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how did I know I was ready to wean off the meds? Well... I started feeling ever so much better than I ever had even with the meds and I had done some reading that linked undiagnosed Celiac to depression and anxiety disorders and after talking to my Dr. It occurred to me that maybe I didn't need them anymore. He agreed that we would wean me off them and then after I had been off them for a while, reevaluate and see if I needed to go back on them. I've been off them about 2 years now and I don't miss them one lil bit!

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I take 1000 mcg of sublingual B12 daily and my doctor told me that I probably am not getting enough B12 to deal with my neuropathy with it--he thinks maybe I should have shots instead. Your body will eliminate the extra B12 anyways. Deb

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