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Where does a B-12 shot go?

By Anonymous August 19, 2018 - 9:13am
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Hello, Anon. Thank you for your question today.

People use vitamin B12 for a variety of reasons—weight loss, combatting a deficiency, treating pernicious anemia and more.

The preferred method of injection is the intramuscular route. This means the medication is injected into the muscle through a needle. Several muscles can be used, and selecting the best site depends on the age of the patient (and who will be giving the injection).

The vastus lateralis muscle of the thigh is easy to reach for self-injection. It is located midway between the knee and groin, just outside the midline of the thigh. It is the recommended site for newborns and infants and can be used for children and adults.

Upper Arm:
The deltoid muscle in the shoulder is an alternative site that can be used in adolescents and young to middle-aged adults for injections of 1 mL or less. It can also be used in older adults as long as the muscle is well-developed.


August 19, 2018 - 11:20am
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