Health Library: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) Oral tablet, extended-release

What is this medicine?

PYRIDOXINE (peer i DOX een) is vitamin B6. It is added to a healthy diet to prevent or to treat low vitamin B6 levels.

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the package or prescription label. Do not chew, cut, or crush this medicine. For best results take this vitamin with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

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

  • numb or tingling pain

  • seizures

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 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.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to B vitamins, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Follow a healthy diet. Taking a vitamin supplement does not replace the need for a balanced diet. Some foods that have this vitamin naturally are beans, grains, vegetables, liver, meat, and eggs.

Too much of this vitamin can be unsafe. Talk to your doctor or health care provider about how much is right for you.