What is hydroxocobalamin?

Hydroxocobalamin is a form of vitamin B12, an essential water-soluble vitamin the body needs in order to maintain healthy nerve and red blood cells, and is used in the production of DNA. Prescription hydroxocobalamin is used to treat vitamin B12 deficiencies like pernicious anemia and megaloblastic anemia. Injections of hydroxocobalamin medication are used to treat cyanide poisoning. When used to treat cyanide poisoning, an initial injection of hydroxocobalamin is given directly into a vein. Once the drug enters the bloodstream, it begins working with the body's cells to push the cyanide out through the urine. A follow-up dose of hydroxocobalamin is usually administered through an IV. Depending upon the cause of persistent fatigue, intramuscular injections of hydroxocobalamin can help reduce fatigue symptoms.

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