Vitamin B Deficiency

Restricted diet?
Gastrointestinal disease?
Excessive alcohol consumption?
Long-term medication?
Over the age of 50 years?

People who may be at risk of Vitamin B deficiencies include: 1-4

  • Anyone on a restricted diet e.g. vegetarians
  • Patients with gastrointestinal conditions e.g. Crohn’s disease and coeliac disease
  • Those who consume excessive amounts of alcohol
  • Patients taking certain long-term medication e.g. diabetic or acid reflux medication
  • Anyone over the age of 50 years

If you have some / all of the below symptoms, you may have a Vitamin B deficiency *1-4

Vitamin B deficiency

For more information please speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
*Symptoms may be related to another medical condition

What are the benefits of Vitamin B1, B6 and B12?

All three of these B Vitamins help the body to convert the carbohydrates, protein and fats in food into energy that can be used by the body. 1,5 They are also important for the maintenance of healthy nerve tissue. 1,5 Other functions include:

  • Vitamin B1 – maintenance of healthy muscle tissue 5
  • Vitamin B6– formation of haemoglobin (substance in red blood cells that transports oxygen around the body) and maintenance of healthy skin 1,5
  • Vitamin B12 – formation of red blood cells and DNA (genetic
    material of cells) 1,5

What is Neurobion®?

Neurobion® is South Africa’s number 1 Vitamin B treatment.6 Neurobion® Tablets are indicated where a defi ciency of the relevant vitamins exist. Neurobion® Tablets contain three B vitamins:

  • 100 mg Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
  • 200 mg Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
  • 200 mg Vitamin B12 (cobalamin)

What is Neurobion®?

You may need to take Neurobion® for as long as you are at risk on long term medication.1

Dosage (30’s)

1 tablet daily

Neurobion® Tablets are available at leading pharmacies over-the-counter.

Please speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice. Visit for additional information on Vitamin B deficiency and Neurobion®.

Vitamin B deficiency

References – Further Reading: 1. Disorders of Nutrition and Metabolism. Section 11. In: The Merck Manual of Medical Information. Second Edition. (eds) Beers SL, Bowman MA. Pocket Books, New York, London, Toronto, Sydney. Pp 918-926. 2. Merck Manual. Thiamine. [Online] 2012 Dec [cited 2014 Aug 6]. Available from: URL: 3. da Silva L, McCray S. Vitamin B12: No One Should Be Without It. Pract Gastroenterol 2009:34-46. 4. Frye RE, Griffi ng GT. Pyridoxine Deficiency Clinical Presentation. Medscape [Online] 2014 Jan 15 [cited 2014 Aug 6]. Available from: URL: 5. NHS Choices. Vitamins and minerals – B vitamins and folic acid. [Online] 2012 Nov 26 [cited 2014 Sept 10]. Available from: URL: 6. IMS TPM. January 2016. IMS South Africa.

For full prescribing information refer to the package insert approved by the Medicine Regulatory Authority

S1 Neurobion® Tablets. Each tablet contains Vitamin B1 100 mg, Vitamin B6 200 mg and Vitamin B12 200 µg. Reg. No.: H2487 (Act 101/1965). Applicant: Merck (Pty) Ltd. Reg. No.: 1970/004059/07. 1 Friesland Drive, Longmeadow Business Estate South, Modderfontein, South Africa, 1645. Tel: +27 (0)11 372 5000 / Fax: +27 (0)11 372 5252. Report adverse events to <ahref=””> or +27 (0)11 608 2588 (Fax Line). ZA.NEU.15.10.006 March 2016.

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