Pyridoxine (vitamin b6)

Pronunciation

Generic Name: pyridoxine (vitamin b6) (peer-i-DOX-een)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.

Pyridoxine (vitamin b6) is used for:

Treating or preventing low levels of pyridoxine (vitamin B6). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Pyridoxine (vitamin b6) is a vitamin. It works by increasing the blood levels of pyridoxine (vitamin B6).

Do NOT use pyridoxine (vitamin b6) if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in pyridoxine (vitamin b6)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using pyridoxine (vitamin b6):

Some medical conditions may interact with pyridoxine (vitamin b6). Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with pyridoxine (vitamin b6). Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Hydantoins (eg, phenytoin) or levodopa because effectiveness may be decreased by pyridoxine (vitamin b6).

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if pyridoxine (vitamin b6) may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use pyridoxine (vitamin b6):

Use pyridoxine (vitamin b6) as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Pyridoxine (vitamin b6) is usually administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you are using pyridoxine (vitamin b6) at home, carefully follow the injection procedures taught to you by your health care provider.
  • If pyridoxine (vitamin b6) contains particles or is discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Dispose of properly after use. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain local regulations for proper disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of pyridoxine (vitamin b6) and you are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If several hours have passed or if it is nearing time for the next dose, do not double the dose to catch up, unless advised by your health care provider. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use pyridoxine (vitamin b6).

Important safety information:

  • Pyridoxine (vitamin b6) may cause drowsiness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to pyridoxine (vitamin b6). Using pyridoxine (vitamin b6) alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • Do not take large doses of vitamins (megadoses or megavitamin therapy) unless directed to by your doctor.
  • Pyridoxine (vitamin b6) contains pyridoxine (vitamin B6). Before you begin taking any new prescription or nonprescription medicine, read the ingredients to see if it also contains pyridoxine. If it does or if you are uncertain, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
  • If you are using 200 mg per day or more of pyridoxine (vitamin b6) regularly, do not suddenly stop taking pyridoxine (vitamin b6) without checking with your doctor.
  • Use pyridoxine (vitamin b6) with extreme caution in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness has not been established.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking pyridoxine (vitamin b6), discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using pyridoxine (vitamin b6) during pregnancy. Pyridoxine (vitamin b6) is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using pyridoxine (vitamin b6), check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of pyridoxine (vitamin b6):

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. When used in small doses, no COMMON side effects have been reported with this product. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); decreased sensation of touch, temperature, or vibration; loss of coordination; numbness of the feet or around the mouth; numbness or tingling of the skin.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include loss of coordination; numbness of the hands and feet; seizures.

Proper storage of pyridoxine (vitamin b6):

Store pyridoxine (vitamin b6) at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep pyridoxine (vitamin b6) out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about pyridoxine (vitamin b6), please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Pyridoxine (vitamin b6) is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take pyridoxine (vitamin b6) or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about pyridoxine (vitamin b6). It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to pyridoxine (vitamin b6). This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using pyridoxine (vitamin b6).

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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