Vitamin B1

By RebDee Latest Reply 2015-02-20 22:23:38 -0600
Started 2015-02-09 11:23:35 -0600

I know we just had a discussion on Vitamin B1 but I can't find it. And now I have a question. I wrote to my PCP with this result:
What Dr. Wolf (PCP) is talking about is what I am already taking.

I am not familiar with what you are discussing. The B vitamins are not available in prescription form. It is available over the counter as separate supplements however. You may want to try that.
-Dr. Wolf
My message to Dr. Wolf: Both you and Dr. Hasani have said that I needed extra Vitamin B1 and B12 so I bought the Nature's Way vitamins sold in the KP pharmacy. Now I am told by experts on Diabetic Connect that my multivitamin with Thiamine and the Nature's Way Vitamin B1 are not enough to prevent complications. The extra B1 that I am taking is water soluble. Diabetics excrete this form of B1, 25 times faster than non diabetics. The Benfotiamine form has been made to be fat soluble. The fat soluble form makes it possible for diabetics to retain it. The dose is quite high at least at first. Is this a prescription form? If so, could you write me a prescription for it? If not, I did not see that they sell it in KP pharmacy, so where would I get it?
Sorry to have started a new discussion on the same category but I really could not find it although I know that RosalieM started it and I trust what she says.

23 replies

Jan8 2015-02-10 11:20:26 -0600 Report

My doc gives me a prescription folic acid type vitamin called L-methylfolate ( Deplin). Don't know if this is a B or not. It works great . It's called by docs Brain food .

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-09 21:58:20 -0600 Report

Hi RebDee,
Not much to add. Everything has been said and well. I do want to say you go girl. I enjoyed this discussion much more.
It made much more sense to me. Thank you for your post, I enjoyed it very much. Hugs, VL

RebDee 2015-02-10 00:53:07 -0600 Report

Since I know no more than what I wrote above, I am putting the word out for ALL DC MEMBERS: PLEASE HELP BECA1 TO ANSWER HER QUESTIONS. (see below)

Beca1 2015-02-09 20:08:05 -0600 Report

RebDee I never saw the first info on this. I have to get B12 injections every month from my physician as I have a B12deficiency this is the first time I have ever heard anything like this, non soluble B vitamins? Please let me know What I need to get at Amazon or Vitamin Shop what is the name of it and what is it for? No one has ever old me why I am not retaining the B12 vitamins, I have to take additional sublingual ones daily too.

haoleboy 2015-02-09 12:41:17 -0600 Report

most pharmacies carry it, Amazon, Vitamin Shoppe etc.

RebDee 2015-02-09 15:36:11 -0600 Report

Great. It is easier for me to get it from Amazon or Vitamin Shopp on line than to traipse all over looking for it.

haoleboy 2015-02-09 16:16:43 -0600 Report

I walked to CVS this morning and they didn't have it. I usually get stuff like this at Vitamin Shoppe as we are lucky to have one just a few miles from our home.

Cherokeemaiden 2015-02-09 12:03:50 -0600 Report

If I remember correctly, the Benfotiamine is available at health food/vitamin stores, like GNC. It is not a prescription, and I'm sure you won't find it in any drug store. I haven't gotten any yet, but plan to do so the next time I'm near a vitamin store. Hope this helps some.

RosalieM 2015-02-09 13:50:05 -0600 Report

Hi Cherokeemaiden,
The starting does is quite large, like 900-1200 mg's a day That is 6 to 8 pills a day. I cut back to two after about a month. The tingling in my feet did not return to this day.

SandyC29673 2015-02-09 15:35:53 -0600 Report

Can you tell me the MG of Vitiamn12 you are takings with the Benfotiamine?

Type1Lou 2015-02-09 18:39:22 -0600 Report

Several years back, I started on sub-lingual B12 supplements. I was advised to get the "sub-lingual" version of this supplement as it is absorbed better. I've been taking it ever since.

RosalieM 2015-02-10 06:47:02 -0600 Report

Hi Lou,
Some people have difficulty absorbing B12 from meat. Especially older people like myself.
Stomach acid is needed to get B12 from meat. When we age, we have less stomach acid.
If you feel really fatigued, one of the causes could be a shortage of B12.
It is a difficult to overdose on B 12 so it is safe to give it a try to see if it makes a difference for you.

Type1Lou 2015-02-10 15:08:02 -0600 Report

Back in late 2011 I was diagnosed with clinical depression. The psychiatrist I was referred to was the first doctor to ever test my vitamin B12 levels and found it critically low. He prescribed both B12 shots and a sub-lingual OTC B12. Within several months, the depression disappeared and I attribute my recovery to the B12. My depression has never recurred. After one year of B12 shots and daily OTC B12, I was able to eliminate the shots but still take a daily vitamin B12.

RebDee 2015-02-09 15:51:27 -0600 Report

Vitamin B1 is by Nature's Blend, 100 mg.
Vitamin B12 is by Nature's Blend, 500 mcg
There are 100 tablets in each bottle.

Cherokeemaiden 2015-02-09 13:54:45 -0600 Report

So glad to hear the tingling has gone. The small town I live in doesn't have a vitamin store, but will be seeing my new doctor on the 27th and he is in a larger town that does have them, so will pick some up then. Thanks for the dosage.

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