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Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet

Manufactured byWockhardt Ltd.
Description
Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet is a man-made form of Vitamin B12 which is important for nerve health, brain function, and red blood cell production. This medicine mainly treats Vitamin B12 deficiency in people with anaemia and peripheral neuropathy (nerve pain in hands and feet). Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet regulates the major processes in your body like cell multiplication, blood formation, and protein synthesis. It comes in oral (tablet and capsule) and injection forms. It may also be used in combination with other medicines to treat many disorders. Your doctor will decide the dose, duration and dosage form based on the severity of your condition. Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet shows side effects like diarrhoea, headache, nausea, and vomiting. Inform your doctor if these side effects persist. Temporary pain or redness at the injection site is also reported in some people. Do not use Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet if you are allergic to it. Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet tablet can be taken with food. AnMethycobal 500 MCG Tablet injection is given by a qualified health care professional in a hospital or clinic. Do not self-administer this injection. Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet should be used with caution if you have low potassium levels and optic nerve disease (swelling and damage of the nerves of eyes). Before taking this injection, inform your doctor if you have liver or kidney problems, Leber's disease (nerve disease that leads to sudden, painless vision loss). Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or are breastfeeding.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Decreased appetite
  • Headache
  • Skin rash
  • Chest pain and discomfort
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue

Uses of Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet

What is it prescribed for?

  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Megaloblastic Anaemia
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • How long does it take for this medicine to take effect?
    The peak effect of Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet can be observed within 3 hours of taking it orally. In the case of Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet injection the time taken to show its effect is one hour.
  • How long do the effects of this medicine last?
    The duration of action of Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet is not clinically established.
  • Is it safe to consume alcohol while taking this medicine?
    Consumption of alcohol should be avoided while treatment with Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet due to increased risk of dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Is this a habit forming medicine?
    Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet has no habit forming tendency.
  • Can this medicine be taken during pregnancy?
    Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet should not be used in pregnancy to treat anaemia unless it is vitamin B12 deficiency anaemia. It should only be used upon your doctor's recommendation and after all the risks and benefits are discussed.
  • Can this medicine be taken while breast-feeding?
    Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet is not known to be harmful in breastfeeding women. It passes into breast milk at very low levels. Hence it is acceptable for use upon your doctor's recommendation.

Allergy

Avoid using Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet if you are allergic to it. Allergic reactions to this medicine are rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms such as skin rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, breathing difficulties, etc.

Leber's Disease

Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet is not recommended for use in individuals who have Leber's Disease, a rare genetic disorder characterized by painless and sudden vision loss. This medicine may cause serious damage to the optic nerve (the nerve that connects the eye to the brain) in these individuals.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet should not be used in pregnancy to treat anaemia unless it is vitamin B12 deficiency anaemia. It should only be used upon your doctor's recommendation and after all the risks and benefits are discussed.

Breast-feeding

Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet is not known to be harmful in breastfeeding women. It passes into breast milk at very low levels. Hence it is acceptable for use upon your doctor's recommendation.
General warnings

Elderly

Older people may have a reduced capacity to absorb Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet tablet through the intestine. However, no effect is there in absorption in case of Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet injection it is well absorbed.

Gastrointestinal surgery

People who have had recent gastrointestinal surgery may have reduced absorption of Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet.

Folic acid

Folic acid supplements can mask some of the symptoms of anaemia caused by Vitamin B12 deficiency or Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet deficiency. Hence, it is advised that you consult your doctor and make sure that the right supplement is being taken.

Use of antacids

Using antacids and Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet together may reduce the absorption of this medicine. Your doctor may advise you on the duration gap between these two medicines.

Missed Dose

Oral forms: Take the missed dose of Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for the next scheduled dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed dose. Injection: As Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet 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 your doctor in case of an Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet overdose. Injection: Since Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet 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

N/A

Instructions

Consumption of alcohol should be avoided while treatment with Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet due to increased risk of dizziness and drowsiness.
Interaction with Medicine

Chloramphenicol

Omeprazole

Ranitidine

Antidiabetic drugs

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet with water or milk or as directed by your doctor. Foods containing vitamin B12 like meat, eggs, dairy products, fortified cereals, etc. can increase the Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet levels in your body. Avoid or limit alcohol consumption while taking this medication. Inform the doctor if you have a known allergy to this medicine.
Miscelleneous

To be taken with food

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
Methycobal 500 MCG Tablet works by facilitating the production of red blood cells in your body and protect nerve fibres from damage.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Vitamins

Schedule

OTC

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