How much B12 should I take for peripheral neuropathy?

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Talk to your doctor about how much vitamin B12 you would need to treat peripheral neuropathy, a condition in which nerve damage causes tingling, numbness or burning sensations in your arms, legs, hands and/or feet.

A vitamin B12 deficiency can cause neuropathy; if that's at the root of your problem, your doctor may recommend injections of vitamin B12 as a treatment. Although treatment regimens of B12 injections vary, some doctors recommend injections of 1,000 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin B12 daily for five days followed by the same amount given once a week for five weeks, and then a lifelong dose of one injection per month, containing 100 to 1,000 mcg of vitamin B12.

Regimens of vitamin B12 taken orally (by mouth) are also used in some people. Consult your doctor about what would be best for you.

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