General Information: Lipotropic compounds are used on the potential for release of fat deposits in some parts of the body. They sometimes go by the names Lipo-Den, Lipo-Plex, Lipo Shot, or MIC Injection. The lipotropic agents included in this injection are:
- Methionine, which helps the liver maintain the optimal ability to process fatty acids;1
- Choline, which stimulates the mobilization of fatty acids and prevents their deposition in a given part of the body;2 and,
- Inositol, which aids in the transport of fat into and out of the liver and intestinal cells, acts synergistically with choline, exhibiting more lipotropic activity than when administered alone.3
Typically, these compounds are administered in concert. Injections can be administered up to twice a week. B12 is purported by its users and practitioners to help speed up overall metabolic processes and create a greater feeling of overall energy & well-being.4 Because these lipotropics are structurally and functionally closely related to the B-vitams, they are often employed together in the hope of potentiating the potential for fat-loss, thus while the MIC mixture and B vitamin(s) are often injected separately, they are part of the same overall injection cycle. The non-vitamin compounds (MIC) that are injected into the body stimulate the liver into optimizing the process of metabolism, elevate the movement of and utilization of fat, and boost the metabolic power of the body for awhile.
Other compounds are included as an attempt to further potentiate these effects:
- Thiamine HCl (vitamin B1)
- Dexpanthenol (vitamin B5)
As soon as the effect of all 6 of these substances wears out, the body gradually begins returning to its normal rate of fat and general metabolism.
Who should not take this medicine? If you have an allergy to methionine, inositol, choline, or any part of this medicine. Tell your healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. This includes rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
Storage: Store this medication at 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C) and away from heat, moisture and light. Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Throw away any unused medicine after the beyond use date. Do not flush unused medications or pour down a sink or drain.
- 1. Best CH, Ridout JH. "The Lipotropic Action of Methionine". Journal of Physiology. 3 Oct 1939;97:489-494.
- 2. Artom C. "Mechanism of Action of Choline". American Journal of clinical Nutrition
- 3. Gavin G, Patterson J, McHenry W. " Comparison of the Lipotropic Effects of Choline, Inositol, and Lipocaic in Rats". Journal of Biochemistry. 29 Jan 1943;148:275-279.
- 4. Solomon L. "Disorders of cobalamin (Vitamin B12) metabolism: Emerging concepts in pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment". Elsevier Review. pp. 1-15. Web.