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#1 In_Remission_homebound

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 10:51 AM

Just got my blood test back. Have really high levels of B-12 and folate acid. Any opinions on this? Please no snide remarks. Been on high doses of these by Dr orders. Guess should drop taking pills.



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Posted 14 July 2010 - 11:04 AM

Just got my blood test back. Have really high levels of B-12 and folate acid. Any opinions on this? Please no snide remarks. Been on high doses of these by Dr orders. Guess should drop taking pills.

Ask your doctor. Why are you on these supplements? What is a "high" level? If you had a deficiency before the supplements, are your current levels now therapeutic?
Since this is primarily a psych. meds website, you might need to look elsewhere for input. Are you taking these supplements for a mental health diagnosis?

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 10:36 AM

Just got my blood test back. Have really high levels of B-12 and folate acid. Any opinions on this?


Like most B vitamins you should just piss away any excess B-12 you don't need. Toxicity is difficult unless you're taking ridiculously high amounts each day, or something is wrong with your kidneys.

Excessive folate can cause problems, but it's still difficult to take a toxic amount if you don't have kidney problems. What happens if you take way too much folic acid? It masks a B-12 deficiency. You can even damage your kidneys if you take enough of it, but that would have to be along the lines of half a bottle a day.

Since this is primarily a psych. meds website, you might need to look elsewhere for input. Are you taking these supplements for a mental health diagnosis?


Quite so. We mainly deal with folate and B-12 supplements because anticonvulsants, especially old school ones like phenobarbital, Dilantin (phenytoin), and the valproates, suck them right out of you. Extremely low folate can cause a variety of mental health issues, but usually if there's something else going on. E.g. epilepsy-induced depression or psychosis between seizures.
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Posted 15 July 2010 - 02:45 PM


Just got my blood test back. Have really high levels of B-12 and folate acid. Any opinions on this? Please no snide remarks. Been on high doses of these by Dr orders. Guess should drop taking pills.

Ask your doctor. Why are you on these supplements? What is a "high" level? If you had a deficiency before the supplements, are your current levels now therapeutic?
Since this is primarily a psych. meds website, you might need to look elsewhere for input. Are you taking these supplements for a mental health diagnosis?

B-12 is the only water-soluble vitamin you can overdose on. It actually gets stored in your liver. Normally, excesses of water-soluble vitamins are easily eliminated via the kidneys. (That's why elderly people who cease making instrinsic factor, a substance necessary for absorbtion of vit. B-12 only need B-12 injections ~once a month.) Surplus vit. B-6 is less worrisome.

I'd have a serious chat with your doctor about "really high levels" mean, and what should be done about them.
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Posted 15 July 2010 - 05:42 PM


Just got my blood test back. Have really high levels of B-12 and folate acid. Any opinions on this? Please no snide remarks. Been on high doses of these by Dr orders. Guess should drop taking pills.

I'd have a serious chat with your doctor about "really high levels" mean, and what should be done about them.


The ads on this conversation say everything. "Orthomolecular". He's most likely under care of an orthomolecular crank. First pdoc I saw, a friend of my parents, to boot, was one of those.

Homebound, do you have an actual DSM-IV or ICD-10-compatible diagnosis? Are you under any medication besides nutritional supplement?
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Posted 20 July 2010 - 07:57 PM

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Like most B vitamins you should just piss away any excess B-12 you don't need. Toxicity is difficult unless you're taking ridiculously high amounts each day, or something is wrong with your kidneys.

artmesia, jerrod just stated that toxicity is not a problem with vitb12. so it's not really a problem, unless as said you got bad kidneys. but maybe it is?? i've taken 5,000mg methylcobalamin vit b12 1667% times the daily value, and i didn't have any problems taking it. drank plenty of water too.
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