What should I know about pyridoxine before taking it?

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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.