A vitamin injection is a shot of one or more vitamin supplements that are injected into your body. The injections are used when the dosage that is to be taken orally are too great. It is a controversial therapy because there are a number of risks that these vitamin injections can cause, both to the size of the dosage and the injection method. A person is capable of getting the required vitamins if they maintain a balanced and health diet. You can also take vitamin supplements to help booster the intake of certain nutrients. Your digestive system can filter any excess dosage of vitamins and in a healthy way, process the right amount your body needs.

Typically, vitamin injections are prescribed for the patient when they can not eat food by mouth. The injections are accompanied by glucose treatments done intravenous to give the patient calories also. These injections are not like a vaccination where you get the dose in one shot. The vitamin injections are part of saline mix and are administered using an intravenous drip. When the vitamins are injected into your bloodstream directly, your body is not as capable of dealing with the excess nutrients so they need to be strictly dosed. As mentioned, digestion can get rid of excess amounts of a certain vitamin if it is taken orally but it can be toxic with the same level of overdose if it is injected.

Vitamin injections, since the late 1990's, have become a health fad, originating with athletes and celebrities in Hollywood. Some of the common vitamins that are injected include:

• A for vision
• D for bone density
• K for blood coagulation
• B spectrum like B 12 for boosting your immune system

There have also been so-called “vitamin cafés” that have sprung up since that time. They offer a casual venue for receiving intravenous drip packs with a wide range of these packs being offered. They are being advertised as boosting your metabolism, brain activity, your immune system, and many other bodily functions. They are generally marketed like other supplements and health drinks.

In addition to overdosing, vitamin injections can cause other health problems that run from mild to severe. These health problems can include:

• Nausea
• Jaundice
• Cramping
• Liver damage
• Kidney damage

In an extreme case, they can even cause death. The highest risk for having health problems come from the vitamin injections of A, D, K, and E because they do not break down naturally. They are stored in the tissue of your body and are fat-soluble, which means that these vitamins dissolve in and stored in fat throughout your body and it harder for your body to excrete these four vitamins.