B-12 nasal spray?

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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 12/2/2009 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a resection about 3 years ago and upon getting a blood test 7 mo ago, my Dr said I needed to start B-12 injections.  I  am so scared of needles (I think guys are much worse than the ladies with shots), so I found a few nasal sprays for B-12.  They are Calomist and Nascobal.  Has anyone tried these and do they work?  Did it keep the B-12 levels up w/o injections? 
I've been reluctantly taking the shots since Mar but would like to get off of them.  TIA

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   Posted 12/8/2009 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Terry, welcome to Healingwell.
I've got no personal experience with the nasal sprays myself as I use sublingual tablets, but I can tell you that the idea is medically sound - in effect it is using the moist membranes in the nasal cavity as mucous membranes, which is exactly what they are, and into which the right molecules will simply dissolve.
The other form of B12 available to those who cannot have injections (ie all us UK Crohnies who need to have it prescribed, with docs that almost always consider it unnecessary) is the one I use - sublingual. Same idea as the tablets for angina that dissolve under your tongue into the bloodstream, available from health stores. As part of a host of other blood tests I had my B12 levels checked recently and they were fine, whereas previously I had clinical symptoms of deficiency, and if anything my gut would be less effective recently at absorbing B12 via the oral route, so I am pretty sure that it is the tablets that have made a difference. yeah
I use Solgar, if that is any help to you, but I am sure there are lots of different brands out there, it is a common byproduct of the brewing industry.
Hope that helps.

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   Posted 12/8/2009 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello there,

I can honestly say I have never used the nasal spray but initially when I began needing B 12 and pills for it dont work in my case as I am sure most wouldnt for CD since it is absorbed in the ileum. I wanted the nasal spray however my insurance did not cover it and it was at that time I believe $40.00 per where as I use the shot (again insurance wont cover it) and it is about 20 for a year supply
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987

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