Learn About Metanx®

Learn about Metanx

How is Metanx® different from over-the-counter vitamins?

Traditional over-the-counter vitamins are synthetic forms of the nutrients found in nature. This is the case for common B-vitamins such as folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. Each of these must be converted into their natural, active forms before they can actually be used by the body’s cells for such vital functions as DNA production, cell reproduction and homocysteine metabolism.

B Vitamin Active Form
Folic acid is the active form of L-methylfolate
Vitamin B6 is the active form of Pyridoxal 5′-phosphate
Vitamin B12 is the active form of Methylcobalamin

 

Metanx® is a medical food for use under medical supervision.

For complete prescribing information, click here.

Each Metanx® capsule contains:
L-methylfolate Calcium (as Metafolin®) 3mg
Pyridoxal 5′-phosphate 35mg
Methylcobalamin 2mg

Did you know?

Up to 50% of individuals are unable to fully convert dietary folic acid into the active form of folate, L-methylfolate.8

Metanx® features L-methylfolate, the naturally occurring, predominant form of folate used by the body.

Metanx-Absorbption1

 

What Causes Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy?

 

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If you have diabetic peripheral neuropathy, there is a good chance that you have reduced blood flow to the nerves in your hands and feet. As a result, your nerves may become damaged and lose the ability to repair themselves.

How Diabetes leads to nerve damage is a subject of intense research, but two main factors are likely involved:9

1.0 Elevated blood sugar levels directly damage the nerves and reduce their ability to send out signals.

2.0 Elevated blood sugar levels also damage the blood vessels and reduce blood flow to the nerves, starving them of the oxygen and nutrients they need to survive.

 Current therapies managing the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are somewhat effective at masking the painful symptoms but the underlying progression of DPN continues.10-12

Metanx® is a medical food for use under medical supervision.

How do I Take Metanx®?

The usual adult dosage is one capsule twice daily and it is okay to take both capsules at the same time. For best results, you should take Metanx® exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Once you begin to feel the difference with Metanx®, your healthcare provider may reduce your dosage down to one capsule daily.

Is Metanx® Safe?

Metanx® is well tolerated in short-term and chronic use. For complete prescribing information see package insert.

Where Can I Get Metanx®?

Metanx® is dispensed by prescription and is available at your local pharmacy.

Even if Metanx® is not covered by your insurance plan, Metanx® may still be less expensive than your insurance co-payment. Click here to learn how you can save on your Metanx® prescription.

Take Care of YOU First

The most important thing you can do for yourself is to keep your blood sugars as closely controlled as possible, get regular exercise and keep your weight under control.

Get to Know Your Feet

Get to know your feetRemember, it’s the numbness in your feet and toes, NOT the pain that increases your risk for further complications. Loss of sensation in the feet means that sores or injuries may not be noticed and may become ulcerated or infected.

More than half of all lower limb amputations occur in people with Diabetes. Doctors estimate that nearly half of the amputations caused by peripheral neuropathy and poor circulation could have been prevented by careful foot care.15 Here are the steps to follow:

  • Inspect your feet and toes every day for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling, calluses, or other problems. Use a mirror (laying a mirror on the floor works well) or get help from someone else. Notify your health care provider of any problems.
  • You may not recognize the numbness and / or tingling feeling in your feet because it can be a slow and gradual process. Make sure to remove your socks and shoes in the exam room and have your feet checked at every doctor’s visit.

IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER

  • The most important thing you can do for yourself is to keep your blood sugars as closely controlled as possible, get regular exercise and keep your weight under control.
  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is known to reduce blood flow to your nerves.
  • It’s the numbness in your feet and toes that increase your risk for ulceration and amputation, NOT pain.15
  • Do not stop taking Metanx® without talking to your healthcare provider.
  • If Metanx® is not covered by your insurance company, there are other options available to save on your Metanx® prescription. Click here to learn more.

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