Q. Kindly tell the treatment for acid reflux due to Vitamin B12 intake.

Answered by
Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abelrahman Abouibrahim
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Oct 17, 2018

Hello doctor,

My question is as follows. I have low B12 tested at blood laboratory. I have been taking B12 for over three years off and on as directed by my doctor (sublingual). Now every time I take B12 with food or without the acid reflux is so very bad. I have to some times take medication to calm the acid reflux. Is there anything I can do?

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abelrahman Abouibrahim

General Medicine Internal Medicine


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand all your concerns. Acid reflux is one of the adverse effects of taking Vitamin B12 supplements. I suggest that you test the vitamin B12 level as you have already taken supplements for three years. In case of mild deficiency, I suggest that you take foods rich in Vitamin B12 like clams and liver and stop the supplements. For acid problems, I suggest antacids like Maalox (Calcium carbonate) after meals.

Thank you doctor,

I recently tested B12. It is still low 180, test one week ago. I will try Maalox. I only have acid reflux when I take the B12. Thank You for the helpful information.

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abelrahman Abouibrahim

General Medicine Internal Medicine


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

180 is considered a mild deficiency. I suggest that you depend on natural sources of Vitamin B12 plus either once a week Vitamin B12 injection or low dose oral intake. Further history and investigation is required to find out any cause of persistent low vitamin B12. Treatment of vitamin B12 deficiency is only required if severely deficient, peripheral neuropathy symptoms or anemia.

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