B12 Energy Shot – The IM Shot Series

Welcome to a brand new series as we explore all the different IM shots we offer at Drp IV and what they can do for you. For the first installment of this series, we’ll dive into the well-known B12 energy shot! We’ll dive into the pros and cons of getting B12 through an IM shot as we answer some of the most commonly asked questions about B12 and IM shots.

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What is B12 Energy Shot

First, we’ll define what an IM shot is. IM stands for Intramuscular, meaning the shot goes directly into the muscle. These can be given in the arm, leg, and shoulder amongst other places. Similar to an IV, the nutrients in an IM shot are absorbed much more efficiently than when taken orally. 


B12 is a water-soluble nutrient that is essential for energy production, red blood cell creation, neurological function, heart health, and DNA synthesis. It is often referenced as the “energy” shot because of its powerful ability to naturally fight fatigue. Because of this ability, it is often included in energy drinks, pre-workouts, and workout gummies. It can naturally be found in red meat, fish and dairy products.

There are many reasons to want to supplement B12. The primary reason our clients get the vitamin is for that energy boost, however; B12 deficiencies can be detrimental to healthy blood and supplementing it can make a real difference. Some individuals have dietary restrictions that prevent them from getting necessary nutrients. For these individuals a B12 energy shot is extremely beneficial and could likely be their only significant source of B12.

IM Shots vs IV

This series is all about the different types of IM shots so we’ll break down the reasons why someone would want a B12 Energy Shot vs a B12 IV infusion.

B12 Energy Shot


B12 energy shots, when administered as intramuscular injections, are relatively quick and easy to administer. Many people find them convenient for on-the-go lifestyles or if they prefer a quicker procedure.

Milder Discomfort:

Intramuscular injections are generally less invasive than intravenous infusions, and some individuals may find them more tolerable in terms of discomfort.



B12 energy shots are often more cost-effective than IV infusions. For individuals looking for a budget-friendly option,a B12 energy shot may be a more economical choice, especially if that’s the only nutrient and individual is looking for and their hydration needs are already met.


B12 IV Infusion

Higher Doses:

IV infusions may allow for the administration of higher B12 doses compared to energy shots. This may be beneficial for individuals with severe deficiencies or specific health conditions that require higher levels of supplementation.



IV infusions can be customized to include additional nutrients, vitamins, or medications based on individual health needs. This flexibility allows for a tailored approach to address specific concerns beyond B12 deficiency.


Extended Duration:

The duration of an IV infusion treatment may last longer than it takes to give a B12 energy shot. While energy shots are quick and easy, IV infusions can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour depending on an individual’s veins.

How does a B12 Energy Shot Work?

We’ve outlined the benefits of a B12 energy shot, but let’s go into how it actually works. B12 is able to provide natural energy because it is responsible for converting foods into usable energy. It is specifically crucial for converting carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. It also plays a direct role in the metabolism to assist the enzymes that speed up the chemical reactions in the metabolism.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What does a B12 energy shot do?

A B12 energy shot delivers vitamin B12 through an intramuscular injection, promoting rapid absorption into the bloodstream. B12 plays a crucial role in energy metabolism, red blood cell formation, and neurological function, contributing to a quick energy boost and overall vitality.

The effects of a B12 energy shot can last different amounts of time depending on the individual. While some people may experience an immediate energy boost, the duration can range from several hours to a few days. This is determined by a variety of factors including individual metabolism, overall health, and the severity of any existing B12 deficiency.

The frequency of which a person should receive a B12 energy shot depends on individual health needs and the purpose of supplementation. In some cases, regular B12 shots are recommended, especially for those with documented deficiencies, certain health conditions, or specific dietary restrictions that would prevent them from getting B12 from their diet. However, it’s essential to follow medical guidance, as excessive B12 supplementation may not provide additional benefits; rather, it could have potential risks.

The choice between B12 shots and pills depends on individual preferences, health conditions, and absorption factors. B12 shots offer rapid absorption directly into the bloodstream, making them suitable for individuals with absorption issues or severe deficiencies. B12 pills, on the other hand, are convenient and effective for many people.

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