Cyanocobalamin

Description

Cyanocobalamin is a synthetic form of vitamin B12. It is used in the treatment of vitamin B12 deficiency in people with pernicious anemia and other conditions. It is taken to regulate certain vital bodily functions like cell multiplication, blood formation, and protein synthesis.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Cyanocobalamin

  • Diarrhea
  • Skin Rash
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness
  • Decreased urine output

Uses of Cyanocobalamin

What is it prescribed for?

  • Pernicious anemia
  • Vitamin B12 dificiency
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time taken by this medicine to show its effect is subject to vary based on the individual, strength, and form of administration.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains effective is subject to vary based on the individual, strength, and form of administration.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking/receiving this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking/receiving this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to cobalt, or any other inactive ingredients present in the formulation.

Leber's Disease

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients who have Leber's Disease, a rare genetic disorder.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking/receiving this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking/receiving this medicine.
General warnings

Kidney Disease

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from kidney impairment due to the increased risk of adverse effects. Appropriate corrective measures, dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Other medicines

Many medicines interact with this medicine and may decrease the absorption of this medicine. Hence, it is advised that you report to the doctor all your current medicines including any herbs and supplements before beginning treatment with this medicine.

Use of antacids

Coadministration of antacids and this medicine may reduce the absorption of this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative should be done under your doctor's supervision.

Missed Dose

Oral forms: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for the next scheduled dose. Injection: Since this medicine is administered in the hospital or clinical setting by a qualified healthcare professional, the likelihood of missing a dose is low.

Overdose

Oral forms: Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose. Injection: Since this medicine is administered in the hospital or clinical setting by a qualified healthcare professional, the likelihood of an overdose is very low. However, emergency medical treatment will be initiated by the doctor if an overdose is suspected.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Chloramphenicol

Arsenic trioxide

Esomeprazole

Disease interactions

Hypokalemia

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with hypokalemia due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Regular monitoring of blood potassium levels is necessary while receiving this supplement. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Kidney Disease

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with kidney diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Regular monitoring of kidney function, dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Oral form: Take this medicine as instructed by your doctor. Do not take in larger amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Ensure that the treatment course is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor. Injection: This medicine is usually administered in the clinical/hospital setting under the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional. Follow all the instructions given by your doctor. Inform the doctor if you have a known allergy to this medicine. Report all your current medicines as well as your medical conditions to the doctor before receiving this medicine.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by facilitating the enzymes responsible for the production of vital components and energy inside a cell. It also plays a major role in the formation of blood components.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Vitamins

Schedule

OTC

Cyanocobalamin Injection: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2018 [cited 16 November 2018]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a605007.html

Vitamin B12 - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 16 November 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00115

Cyanocobalamin [Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 16 November 2018]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/16212801

[Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2018 [cited 16 November 2018]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.5716.pdf

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Information on this page was last updated on 29 Aug 2019

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