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Orobalin 1 mg film-coated tablets
Each film-coated tablet contains 1 mg of Cyanocobalamin.For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.
Pink, round, convex film-coated tablets, plain on both sides with 8 mm diameter.
Orobalin is indicated for haematological, neurological and other symptoms secondary to vitamin B12 deficiency. Malabsorption of vitamin B12, such as due to the absence of intrinsic factor (pernicious anaemia), stomach resection or disease of the small intestine. It is also indicated during para-aminosalicylic acid therapy, which can cause impaired B12 resorption.
Remission treatment: Usually, 2 tablets twice daily until full remission.
Thereafter follow maintenance dose.
Maintenance treatment/prophylaxis: Normally, 1 tablet daily.
In the event that neuropathy is suspected, parenteral treatment should be used.
Method of administration
Orobalin should be taken between meals.
Hypersensitivity to cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12) or any of the excipients.
The absorption of vitamin B12 from the gastrointestinal tract can be reduced by aminoglycosides, aminosalicylic acid, anticonvulsants, biguanides, chloramphenicol, cholestyramine, potassium salts, methyldopa and gastric-acid-inhibiting agents (e.g. omeprazole and cimetidine). The clinical relevance of many of these interactions is likely to be small.
There are no known risks with use during pregnancy.
Cyanocobalamin is excreted into human milk, but at therapeutic doses of Orobalin no effects on the breastfed newborns/infants are anticipated.
Orobalin has no or negligible influence on the ability to drive and use machines.
Rare ( 1/10,000 to <1/1,000)
Immune system disorders: Anaphylaxis. Fever.
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Urticaria Exanthema. Exanthematous rash. Allergic reactions, including skin reactions and angioedema.
Reporting of suspected adverse reactions
Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
Low acute toxicity.
None expected, even after very high doses.
Should not be required.
Symptomatic treatment might be necessary, in exceptional cases.
Pharmacotherapeutic group: Antianemic Preparations, Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin and analogues).
ATC code: B03BA01
Vitamin B12 is essential in humans and is primarily active in two important enzyme reactions. The adenosylising form is the co-factor to the mitochondrial enzyme methyl malonate mutase. This reaction is significant for normal lipometabolism. The methylated form of vitamin B12 is the co-factor for methionine synthetase and therefore essential for normal cell division. Lack of methylcobalamin is also considered to underlie demyelination as seen in vitamin B12 deficiency. A disturbance of this system leads to abnormal DNA metabolism with symptoms primarily from organs with rapid cell division, such as bone marrow and mucosa. It has been shown experimentally that a lack of the methylating form is accompanied by neurological damage.
Orally administered cyanocobalamin is absorbed passively in the duodenum and small intestines even without the presence of intrinsic factor. The degree of absorption is dose-dependent and is about 1% of a dose of 1 mg or 10–12 µg after one Cyanocobalamin tablet. This dose is sufficient for the maintenance treatment of patients with pernicious anaemia and other forms of malabsorption of vitamin B12. Oral therapy with higher doses can be given initially, but in cases of manifest B12 deficiency, parenteral therapy should be preferred for faster remission and liver repletion.
There is no relevant preclinical data for evaluation of safety beyond that already stated in the Summary of Product Characteristics.
Pregelatinised starchMagnesium stearate Stearic acid
Titanium dioxide (E 171)
Erythosine (E 127)
Yellow Iron Oxide (E172)
Store below 25°C.
The tablets are packed in Blister pack of Alu-PVC/ PVDC
Blisters: 20, 30, 60, 90 and 100 film-coated tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
No special requirements.
Northumbria Pharma Ltd.
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