Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6

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    As with any medication, there can be risks in taking vitamin B6 (also known as pyridoxine). However, the risks are generally small. It is possible to have an allergic reaction or a drug interaction with vitamin B6 and another medication or supplement. It is also possible to overdose on it, which can cause numbness and clumsiness. If you are getting enough vitamin B6 through your diet or other B multivitamins, you should not take pyridoxine. Pyridoxine is generally considered safe during pregnancy and may be recommended to help with nausea during pregnancy.

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    Pyridoxine is another name for vitamin B6. Several brand names are available, including Aminoxin, Pyri-500, Rodex and Vitabee 6. In addition, pyridoxine may be present in a variety of supplements and multivitamins.

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    People who have a sufficient amount of vitamin B6 in their diets should not take a pyridoxine supplement. If you do have a vitamin B6 deficiency, your doctor may recommend particular foods for you first before suggesting pyridoxine. A healthy diet full of vitamins is generally recommended over vitamins and supplements. If vitamin B6 supplements are already coming from other combination B vitamins or multivitamins, additional pyridoxine may not be recommended.

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    Pyridoxine comes in a variety of forms, which may either be over-the-counter or require a prescription. Pyridoxine may be found in an injectable solution, an oral solution, a tablet or a capsule. Tablets may also come in extended release or enteric coated versions. Talk with your doctor about what form of pyridoxine is right for you.

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    Daily values for pyridoxine (vitamin B6) are based on age and gender. Here are the requirements:
    • Infants up to three years of age, between 0.1 to 0.5 milligrams (mg.)
    • Children 4-8 years of age, 0.6 mg.
    • Children 9-13 years of age, 1.0 mg.
    • Teen and adult males, 1.3-1.7 mg.
    • Teen and adult females  1.2-1.5 mg
    • Pregnant women, 1.9 mg.
    • Breastfeeding women, 2.0 mg.
    Talk with your doctor about recommendations based on your circumstances.

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    You should take pyridoxine capsules, tablets or oral solutions exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Your healthcare practitioner may also provide pyridoxine in the form of an injection in some circumstances. If you're taking an extended-release capsule or tablet of pyridoxine, swallow the capsule or tablet whole. Do not crush, chew or break the tablet or capsule before swallowing, as this can interfere with the absorption of the extended-release formulation.

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    A true vitamin B6 deficiency is rare, but some Americans do have lower levels of vitamin B than is healthy.

    Symptoms of severe vitamin B deficiency include:
    • scaling of the lips and cracks around the mouth
    • a swollen tongue
    • pins and needles sensations in the hands and feet
    • depression
    • confusion
    A deficiency can also cause anemia and weaken the immune system.
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    Although pyridoxine -- B6 -- is generally considered safe, you should only take it as your doctor prescribed or how it is indicated on the package. The vitamin B6 is already contained in many foods, and if you take other B vitamins, it is possible to overdose on pyridoxine. Talk to your doctor about all of your sources of vitamin B6 before starting a pyridoxine regimen. A minor deficiency of vitamin B6 can be common. Certain conditions are more likely to lead to this deficiency, requiring additional pyridoxine. Such conditions are: alcoholism, burns, diarrhea, dialysis, heart or liver disease, intestinal problems, overactive thyroid, stress, serious injuries, a long-term illness or removal of the stomach.
     
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    If you miss a dose of pyridoxine, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, do not take the missed dose. Resume the normal dosing schedule with your next dose. You should not take extra doses to make up for missed doses of pyridoxine as it is possible to overdose.

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    Individuals who have a vitamin B6 deficiency should take pyridoxine. Certain conditions may make you more likely to have a vitamin B6 deficiency, and thus require pyridoxine: alcoholism, burns, diarrhea, dialysis, heart or liver disease, intestinal problems, overactive thyroid, stress, serious injuries, a long-term illness or stomach removal. Infants who are feeding on unfortified formula may require pyridoxine. Pyridoxine has been suggested to treat acne, intoxication from alcohol, asthma, hemorrhoids, kidney stones, mental problems, headaches, nausea from headaches and menstrual issues as well as possibly stimulate appetite or lactation. However, these claims are not well proven, so if you are considering taking pyridoxine for one of these reasons, talk to your doctor first.