Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Pernicious or macrocytic anaemia
Adult: Patient without neurological involvement: Initially, 0.25-1 mg on alternate days for 1-2 weeks, then 0.25 mg weekly until blood count is normal. Maintenance: 1 mg every 2 or 3 months. With neurological involvement: Initially, 1 mg on alternate days, continued as long as improvement occurs. Maintenance: 1 mg every 2 months.
Child: Same as adult dose.

Prophylaxis of macrocytic anaemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency
Adult: 1 mg every 2 or 3 months.
Child: Same as adult dose.

Vitamin B12 deficiency
Adult: Initially, 30 mcg once daily for 5-10 days followed by 100-200 mcg monthly.
Child: 100 mcg once daily for ≥2 weeks to a total of 1,000-5,000 mcg. Maintenance: 30-50 mcg monthly.

Leber's optic atrophy, Tobacco amblyopia
Adult: Initially, 1 mg daily for 2 weeks followed by 1 mg twice weekly for as long as improvement is maintained, then 1 mg every 1-3 months thereafter.

Cyanide poisoning
Adult: Initially, 5 g given as a single infusion over 15 minutes; a 2nd dose of 5 g may be infused over 15 minutes to 2 hours as needed, depending on the severity of the toxicity.
Intravenous: Add 100 mL or 200 mL of NaCl 0.9% inj to a vial labelled as containing 2.5 g or 5 g, respectively, to provide a solution containing 25 mg/mL. Lactated Ringer’s inj or dextrose 5% inj may be used if NaCl 0.9% is unavailable.
Incompatible with ascorbic acid, blood products, Na nitrite, Na thiosulfate, diazepam, dobutamine, fentanyl, nitroglycerin, pentobarbital, propofol, thiopental.
Special Precautions
Children. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: Hypertension, photosensitivity.
Cardiac disorders: Arrhythmias secondary to hypokalaemia.
Gastrointestinal disorders: Gastrointestinal disturbances.
General disorders and administration site conditions: Fever, chills, malaise, inj site reactions (e.g. pain, erythema, pruritus, induration, swelling and necrosis).
Immune system disorders: Rarely, allergic hypersensitivity reactions, anaphylaxis.
Nervous system disorders: Dizziness, tremor, headache, paraesthesia.
Renal and urinary disorders: Chromaturia.
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Acneiform and bullous eruptions, rash and itching.
Vascular disorders: Increased blood pressure, hot flushing.
IM/IV/Parenteral/SC: C
Patient Counseling Information
This drug may cause photosensitivity, avoid direct exposure to sunlight.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor vitamin B12, haematocrit, Hb, reticulocyte count, RBC count, folate and Fe levels, serum K and platelet counts; blood pressure and heart rate (during treatment for cyanide poisoning). Perform sensitivity test prior to administration.
Drug Interactions
Reduced absorption with neomycin, aminosalicylic acid, histamine H2-antagonists, omeprazole, colchicine. Decreases serum concentration with oral contraceptives. Effect on anaemia may be attenuated by parenteral chloramphenicol.
Lab Interference
Interferes with the determination of certain parameters using colorimetric methods (e.g. clinical chemistry, haematology, coagulation, urine parameters). Methotrexate, pyrimethamine, and most anti-infectives invalidate diagnostic microbiologic blood assays for hydroxocobalamin.
Mechanism of Action: Hydroxocobalamin (vitamin B12a) is a precursor to cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12). Cyanocobalamin acts as a coenzyme for various metabolic functions that are essential in cell replication and haematopoiesis. In the presence of cyanide, each hydroxocobalamin molecule can bind one cyanide ion by displacing it for the hydroxo ligand linked to the trivalent cobalt ion.
Distribution: Distributed into the liver, bone marrow and other tissues. Crosses the placenta and enters breast milk. Plasma protein binding: Extensively bound to transcobalamins.
Metabolism: Converted to coenzyme form in the liver. Undergoes extensive enterohepatic recycling.
Excretion: IM: Via bile; some in urine. IV: Via urine (50-60%). Elimination half-life: 26-31 hours (IV).
Store between 20-25°C. Protect from light.
MIMS Class
Antidotes & Detoxifying Agents / Vitamin B-Complex / with C
ATC Classification
B03BA03 - hydroxocobalamin ; Belongs to the class of vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin and analogues). Used in the treatment of anemia.
V03AB33 - hydroxocobalamin ; Belongs to the class of antidotes. Used in the management of cyanide poisoning.
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