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Injecting VItamins

Within the last few years injecting vitamins has become "in vogue" in certain circles. Injecting any substance is extremely dangerous and caution should be taken before endeavouring upon this, preferably through the consultation with a medical doctor. The trend of injectable vitamins has spread among cohorts because of the false expectation of achieving "better" health than compared with oral vitamins. The fact is, there is absolutely no benefit from injectable vitamins when compared vitamins orally administered vitamins. There are certain countries which allow injectable vitamins to be purchased without a doctors advice or prescription. There is really no place for injectable vitamins, with exception to clinical situations (newborns and vitamin K administration) or in pre-existing medical conditions (eg., malabsorption states). Along with the general risks of injecting, there are other dangers. For example, regarding vitamin K, IV (intravenous) administration has caused deaths at injection rates greater than 1 mg per minute (in other words, injecting the load in too quickly). It is always best obtaining nutrients through diet, unless an existing medical condition dictates otherwise.

Even with thorough knowledge of the substance to be injected, there are general risks regarding intravenous or intramuscular substances. Infection is a particular risk, especially amongst those without experience in a particular type of injection or preparation of the injection site.

"Air-bubbles" in the syringe are another potential hazard. Although companies marketing "pre-loaded" syringes usually ensure that air is already removed by having the plunger in "inject position", an inexperienced user can unknowingly withdraw the plunger, "drawing" air into the syringe.

Another potential hazard is the area of injection. Being unfamiliar with the anatomy of where you are injecting can result various disasters.

-Injecting a substance designed for intramuscular use into a vein or artery.

-Injecting a substance designed for IV use into a muscle.

-Accidently piercing a nerve or "jabbing" a bone.

-Injecting a substance too quickly, resulting in death (eg., vitamin K)

Hperensitivity reactions can occur to the substance injected. The reaction may not be to the substance itself in suspension, but rather the suspending agent. Oils used as a vector can cause serious reactions. Arachis oil is also known as peanut oil and is a refined from the seed kernels of one or more cultivars of Arachis hypogaea. It is used as a delivering agent for various substances (eg., drugs). Arachis has the potential to cause an anaphylactic reaction, which can be fatal.

Storing injectables is also more troublesome than tablets. Tablets can be stored in most home environments without affecting them. Important considerations are shelf life. Injectables may have to be kept at minimum temperatures or the safety of the product may be jeopardised.

These mishaps be both painful and even more importantly, fatal. Many people are under the false impression that an injectable vitamin is somehow more healthy and that it quickly goes to work for you. This is entirely untrue. Vitamins by mouth are just as effective, and even better in certain respects. When you take a vitamin "per os" (by mouth), whether it be in tablet form, or in the food you are consuming, there are other parts of the food which make it easier to metabolize (eg., fats, in the case of fat-soluble vitamins). Therefore, it is best to obtain nutrients through by mouth and not by injection. Injection and other routes of administration are best considered only when a medical condition dictates.

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