pyridoxine (generic name)

Vitamin B6 is used in the breakdown of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats in the body
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What is this medicine?

PYRIDOXINE (peer i DOX een) is vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is used in the breakdown of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats in the body. This medicine is used to treat people who do not have enough vitamin B6.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:
  • heart disease
  • kidney disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to B vitamins, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection into a vein or muscle. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

If you get this medicine at home, you will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • levodopa

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • some medicines for cancer treatment

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Talk to your doctor or health care provider about your diet. Taking this medicine does not replace the need for a balanced diet. Some foods that contain vitamin B6 include: beans, grains, vegetables, liver, meat, and eggs.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • headache with nausea, vomiting
  • pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
  • seizure

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • tiredness

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: July 21, 2009
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