Pyridoxine, also known as Vitamin B6, is important in maintaining the health of our nerves, skin, and red blood cells. It is found in foods such as meat, poultry, bananas, avocados, nuts, and whole grains. Most people acquire the necessary amount of vitamin B6 in their normal diet. However, some conditions and medications may cause some people to become deficient. Adequate levels of vitamin B6 are necessary to produce neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and GABA, meaning it plays an important role in regulating our mood. Supplementing with B6 has been studied as a potential treatment for mood disorders, depression and PMS. B6 is used in the production of hemoglobin, and it may aid in reducing inflammation throughout the body.
What Is Pyridoxine Prescribed For?
Pyridoxine is indicated in those with vitamin B6 deficiency. It may also be used to treat certain types of anemia.
Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) may also play vital roles in maintaining the health of your brain, immune system and nervous system.
Dosage, Concentration, Route of Administration
Dosage: Seek advice from a licensed physician, medical director, or other healthcare provider
Route of Administration: IV/IM
A number of medications may interact with pyridoxine. This is why it is very important to always bring a list of the current medications and products you are using when speaking with your physician. Pyroxidine is known to reduce the effectiveness of altretamine, especially when combined with cisplatin.
Other known interactions include barbiturates, fosphenytoin (Cerebyx, Sesquient), phenytoin (Dilantin, Phenytek), and Levodopa. Taking any of these medications in combination with vitamin B6 may decrease their effectiveness. When taken in the recommended doses, pyridoxine usually has no side effects. When taken in a large dose and for a long period of time, some side effects may occur.
Call your doctor if you experience any:
- – Headache
- – Nausea
- – Drowsiness
- – Numbness
- – Tingling in the arms and/or legs
Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any:
- – Rash
- – Itching
- – Swelling
- – Severe dizziness
- – Trouble breathing
Store at controlled room temperature. Protect from light.