Pyridoxine, otherwise 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 needed amount of vitamin B6 in their normal diet. However, some conditions and medications may cause some people to become deficient in vitamin B6. This is when supplementation is necessary.
Pyridoxine is indicated in those with vitamin B6 deficiency, peripheral neuropathy, anemia, heart disease, and high cholesterol. It may also be used to help treat nausea in pregnancy and in elevating mood and energy levels.
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. If you experience any headache, nausea, drowsiness, numbness or tingling in the arms and/or legs, please make sure to tell your doctor. Serious drug reactions are rare but can occur. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.
Dosage depends on the patient’s medical conditions and needs. Always follow your doctor’s instructions when taking any medication or supplement.
There are no contraindications for pyridoxine.
Some products, such as altretamine, cisplatin, and phenytoin, 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.
This vitamin may interfere with certain laboratory testing, causing false results. Make sure to always inform your doctors and lab personnel before any tests.