Mega Lifesciences


Full Prescribing Info
Mebaal-500/Mebaal-1500 also contains the following inactive ingredients: Lactose, maize starch, microcrystalline cellulose, povidone (K-30), purified talc, anhydrous colloidal silica, hypromellose, macrogol, titanium dioxide, isopropyl alcohol, dichloromethane, red iron oxide and yellow iron oxide.
Pharmacology: Methylcobalamin is 1 of the 2 active co-enzyme forms of vitamin B12. It is a cofactor to the enzyme methionine synthetase that function to transfer the methyl groups for the regeneration of methionine from homocysteine. Methylcobalamin is well transported to nerve cell organelles with a better transportation than cyanocobalamin, in animals. It is also pivotal to the synthesis of nucleic acids and proteins. Methylcobalamin promotes axonal regeneration. It normalizes the axonal skeletal protein transport in sciatic nerve cells from animal models with streptozotocin-induced diabetes mellitus. It exhibits neuropathologically and electrophysiologically inhibitory effects on nerve degeneration in neuropathies induced by drugs eg, adriamycin, acrylamide and vincristine models of axonal degeneration in mice and neuropathies in animals with spontaneous diabetes mellitus. Methylcobalamin promotes myelination (phospholipid synthesis). It acts as a methyl donor for the synthesis of lecithin, a major constituent of the medullary sheath lipid and increases myelination of neurons in animal tissue culture more than cobalamide does. Methylcobalamin restores delayed synaptic transmission and diminished neurotransmitters to normal. It restores end plate potential induction early by increasing nerve fiber excitability in crushed sciatic nerve. In addition, it also normalizes diminished brain tissue levels of acetylcholine in animals fed a choline-deficient diet. Methylcobalamin promotes the maturation and division of erythroblasts, thereby increasing erythrocyte production. It also brings about a rapid recovery of diminished red blood cell, hemoglobin and hematocrit in vitamin B12-deficient animals.
Pharmacokinetics: Absorption: Naturally found B12 dissociated from proteins in the stomach via the action of acid and the enzyme pepsin. The forms of B12 released by this process are methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin. All forms of B12 bind to proteins called haptocorrins or R proteins, which are secreted by the salivary glands and the gastric mucosa. The binding occurs in the stomach. Pancreatic proteases partially degrade the cobalamin-haptocorrin complexes in the small intestine where cobalamin that is released then binds to intrinsic factor (IF). Intrinsic factor is a glycoprotein, which is secreted by gastric parietal cells. The cobalamin-intrinsic factor complex is absorbed from the terminal ileum into the ileal enterocytes via a process that first requires the complex to bind to a receptor called cubilin. Total absorption increases with increased intake of the vitamin. However, the absorption efficacy of the vitamin decreases with increased dosage. Significantly, very large doses of methylcobalamin are absorbed with an absorption efficiency of about 1%. This occurs via passive diffusion even in the absence of the intrinsic factor. Thus, large doses may be given for the treatment of deficiency instead of using the parenteral route (usually, intramuscularly). There are now several studies confirming this. The absorption efficiency of methylcobalamin from foods is approximately 50%. Blood levels of patients indicate that sublingual methylcobalamin becomes available as early as 15 minutes after administration and is still elevated at 24 hrs. It is absorbed through the oral mucosa, which bypasses the need for it to bind with intrinsic factor in the stomach. About 80% of B12 in the plasma is in the methylcobalamin form.
Distribution: Methylcobalamin in the circulation is bound to the plasma proteins transcobalamin I (TCI), transcobalamin II (TCII) and transcobalamin III (TCIII). Approximately 80% of plasma B12 is bound to TCI. TCII is the principal B12-binding protein for the delivery of B12 to cells, via specific receptors for TCII. This B12-binding protein (TCII) is identical to the one that delivers B12 from the enterocytes to the portal circulation. Cobalamin is released from the cobalamin-IF complex and then binds to TCII that delivers it to the portal circulation. The portal circulation transports cobalamin to the liver which takes up about 50% of the vitamin; the remainder is transported to the other tissues of the body via the systemic circulation. The cobalamin-TCII complex is degraded intracellularly via lyosomal proteases to yield cobalamin (cyanocobalamin, methylcobalamin, adenosylcobalamin, hydroxocobalamin).
Metabolism: Cobalamin is metabolized to methylcobalamin in the cytosol and to adenosylcobalamin in the mitochondria. Methylcobalamin is the principal circulating form of cobalamin. Adenosylcobalamin comprises >70% of cobalamin in the liver, erythrocytes, kidney and brain. The total body content of cobalamin ranges from 2-3 mg, with approximately 50% of it residing in the liver.
Excretion: Methylcobalamin is secreted in the bile and reabsorbed via the enterohepatic circulation. Some of them, which are secreted in the bile, are excreted in the feces. Also, oral B12 that is not absorbed is excreted in the feces. Reabsorption of methylcobalamin via the enterohepatic circulation does not require the intrinsic factor. If the circulating level of B12 exceeds the B12-binding capacity of the blood, a situation that usually occurs following parenteral administration of the vitamin, the excess is excreted in the urine.
Peripheral neuropathies eg, diabetic neuropathy, alcoholic neuropathy, drug-induced neuropathy, trigeminal and occupational neuralgia, bells palsy and megaloblastic anemia.
Dosage/Direction for Use
Mebaal-500: The daily dose is 1 tab 3 times daily.
Mebaal-1500: The daily dose is 1 tab once daily. The dosage should be adjusted according to age of patient and severity of symptoms.
There are no reports of methylcobalamin overdosage.
Hypersensitivity to methylcobalamin.
Special Precautions
The use of methylcobalamin in deficiency states or to treat any medical condition requires medical supervision.
Administration of doses >10 mcg daily may produce a haematological response in those with anaemia secondary to folate deficiency.
Use in pregnancy & lactation: A typical dose as nutritional supplements used by pregnant women and nursing mothers is 12 mcg daily. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should only use doses higher than this if recommended by their physicians.
Use In Pregnancy & Lactation
A typical dose as nutritional supplements used by pregnant women and nursing mothers is 12 mcg daily. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should only use doses higher than this if recommended by their physicians.
Adverse Reactions
Anaphylactic reaction eg, decrease in blood pressure or dyspnea may occur. Patient should be monitored after administration of dose.
Drug Interactions
Antibiotics: The use of antibiotics may alter the intestinal microflora and may decrease the possible contribution of methylcobalamin by certain inhabitants of the microflora (eg, Lactobacillus spp) to the body's requirement for the vitamin. This may particularly be a problem for vegetarians. Garlic, onions, leeks, bananas, asparagus and artichokes, among other vegetables and fruits, contain inulins, which promote the growth of certain colonic bacteria, including Lactobacillus spp.
Cholestyramine: Cholestyramine may decrease the enterohepatic reabsorption of methylcobalamin.
Colchicine: Colchicine may cause decreased absorption of methylcobalamin.
Colestipol: Colestipol may decrease the enterohepatic reabsorption of methylcobalamin.
H2 Blockers (Cimetidine, Famotidine, Nizatidine, Ranitidine): Chronic use of H2 blockers may result in decreased absorption of methylcobalamin. They are unlikely to affect the absorption of supplemental B12.
Metformin: Metformin may decrease the absorption of methylcobalamin. This possible effect may be reversed with oral calcium supplementation.
Nitrous Oxide: Inhalation of the anaesthetic agent nitrous oxide (not to be confused with nitric oxide) can produce a functional deficiency. Nitrous oxide forms a complex with cobalt in methylcobalamin, the cofactor for methionine synthase, resulting in inactivation of the enzyme.
Para-Amino Salicylic Acid: Chronic use of the antituberculosis drug may decrease the absorption of methylcobalamin.
Potassium Chloride: It has been reported that potassium chloride may decrease the absorption in some.
Proton Pump Inhibitors: Chronic use of proton pump inhibitors may result in decreased absorption, naturally found in food sources.
Store below 25°C in a dry place. Protect from light and moisture.
Shelf-Life: 30 months.
MIMS Class
Nootropics & Neurotonics/Neurotrophics
ATC Classification
B03BA05 - mecobalamin ; Belongs to the class of vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin and analogues). Used in the treatment of anemia.
Mebaal 500: FC tab 500 mcg x 30's.
Mebaal 1500: FC tab 1500 mcg x 30's.
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