What Is Metanx?

Metanx® is prescribed for treating diabetic peripheral neuropathy and hyperhomocysteinemia (increased levels of homocysteine in the blood). But what is Metanx and how does it work?
 
Metanx is a combination vitamin, which contains active forms of folic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12. It is specifically used for managing endothelial dysfunction in people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Endothelial dysfunction means that the inner lining of the blood vessels are not functioning properly. This nutritional supplement may also be used in people who have hyperhomocysteinemia (high blood levels of homocysteine).
 
Metanx is available only with a prescription and should be used under medical supervision. It comes in the form of a tablet and is typically taken once or twice a day.
 
Although the exact way it works is unknown, one of the ways Metanx is thought to work is by increasing nitric oxide, a natural body substance that dilates, or widens, blood vessels. When blood vessels are dilated, nutrients and oxygen, which are needed for nerve function, can flow more freely to the nerves.
 
(Click Metanx for a complete overview of what Metanx is prescribed for. This article also covers potential side effects, dosing information, and general safety precautions.)
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