cyanocobalamin (oral, Vitamin B-12)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

What is cyanocobalamin tablets-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

  • Cyanocobalamin or vitamin B12 is an essential B-vitamin that is classified as a water-soluble vitamin. Food sources of vitamin B12 include fish, shellfish, meats, and dairy products. Vitamin B12 is necessary for growth, reproduction of cells (for example, production of red blood cells, and the production of myelin that protects nerves and proteins within the nucleus of cells. Vitamin B12 also plays an important role in the breakdown or metabolism of fats and carbohydrates and production of proteins. Vitamin B12 deficiency may result in anemia, gastrointestinal problems, and nerve damage.

What brand names are available for cyanocobalamin tablets-oral?

Vitamin B12, B12

Is cyanocobalamin tablets-oral available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Do I need a prescription for cyanocobalamin tablets-oral?

No

What are the side effects of cyanocobalamin tablets-oral?

Common side effects of cyanocobalamin include:

Other possible side effects of cyanocobalamin include:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/5/2016
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