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Methycobal 500 MCG Injection

Manufacturer: Wockhardt Ltd
Medicine composition: Methylcobalamin
Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor not required
Last Updated: September 02, 2019

This injection is composed of Vitamin B12 which is one of the most important nutrients required by the human body. A lack of this vitamin can cause severe and permanent neurological damage. This injection is used by people of all ages suffering from the gut disease. They are unable to completely absorb the vitamin and have the risk of vitamin B12 deficiency.

This medication is water-soluble and contains a pure form of vitamin B12. It plays a key role in the functioning of the brain and nervous system and the formation of the red blood cells. Other than this, it is responsible for the protection and regeneration of neurons. Lack of vitamin B12 causes depression (the reasons not clear why).

Hence, the medication comes into use when you have low levels of vitamin B12 in your body, causing you to feel weak, fatigued and experience slow thinking. This condition is called pernicious anemia. Low level of folic acid and vitamin B12 go hand in hand. This Injection is also given to regulate multiplication of cell, the formation of blood and synthesis of protein.

This medicine is prescribed for the following conditions:

  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency

  • Neurological Disorder

  • Anemia

  • Decreased Potassium Level In Blood

  • Allergy

  • Leber's Disease

Following are some of the common side effects that may occur:

  • How long is the duration of effect?

    The duration of effect of this medication is not clinically known.

  • What is the onset of action?

    The onset of action is seen or felt within 3 hours of administration.

  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Yes, It is unsafe to use this medication when pregnant.

  • Is it habit forming?

    No, it is not habit forming but it should not be used in excess.

  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    It is shown that the medication is passed on through milk while breast-feeding. Hence it is not recommended while breast-feeding.

  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    Alcohol decreases the level of vitamin B in the body, hence the consumption of alcohol is not recommended while taking this medication.

  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    Yes, it is safe to drive after administration of the medication.

  • Does this affect kidney function?

    Overdose of this medication is known to damage the kidneys.

  • Does this affect liver function?

    Excess usage of this medication is not recommended if the person suffer from liver diseases.

Below is the list of medicines, which have the same composition, strength and form as Methycobal 500 MCG Injection , and hence can be used as its substitute.

  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    Try not to miss the dose, you need not take a double dose incase you have missed the previous one.

  • Are there any overdose instructions?

    In case of overdose consult a doctor.

This injection acts as a cofactor for enzyme methionine synthase, which transfers methyl groups for the regeneration of methionine from homocysteine. In anemia, it increases blood cell production by promoting nucleic acid synthesis in the bone marrow and by promoting maturation and division of erythrocytes.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Disease


    Vitamin B12 does not interact with diseases.

  • Interaction with Alcohol


    It decreases the effectiveness of the supplement.

  • Interaction with Food


    Since it’s derived from food sources there is no severe reaction with food.

  • Interaction with Medicine


    Some medications that have a serious interaction with this injection are Leukeran (chlorambucil), Prilosec (omeprazole), colcrys and Mitigare and the herbal supplement goldenseal.

Ques: What is methycobal 500 mcg injection?

Ans: This injection has Mecobalamin as an active element present. It performs its action by increasing the production of red blood cells by the bone marrow.

Ques: What are the uses of methycobal 500 mcg injection?

Ans: This injection is used for the treatment and prevention from conditions such as Peripheral Neuropathy and Megaloblastic Anemia.

Ques: What are the Side Effects of methycobal 500 mcg injection?

Ans: This injection has some commonly reported side effects. Here are some side effects of Methycobal 500 mcg injection which is as follows: nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, dizziness, headache, skin rash, and chest pain and discomfort.

Ques: What are the instructions for storage and disposal methycobal 500 mcg injection?

Ans: Store this injection in a cool dry place and keep it in the original pack or container until it is time to take them. Store this medication out of sight and reach of children.

Ques: How long do I need to use Methycobal 500 MCG Injection before I see improvement of my conditions?

Ans: This injection takes 1 or 2 days before you see an improvement in your health conditions. It would be ideal if you note, it doesn't mean you will begin to notice such health improvement in a similar period as different patients.

Ques: What are the contraindications to Methycobal 500 MCG Injection?

Ans: Contraindication to methycobal. In addition, this injection should not be used if you have the following conditions such as hypersensitivity.

Ques: Is Methycobal 500 MCG Injection safe to use when pregnant?

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

Ques: Will Methycobal 500 MCG Injection be more effective if taken in more than the recommended dose?

Ans: No, taking higher than the recommended dose of this injection can lead to increased chances of side effects such as allergic reactions, injection site-related side effects, eczema, nausea, vomiting, itching, diarrhea, loss of appetite, etc.
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