Pyridoxine Hydrochloride

August 5, 2011

Pyridoxine is available in Canada by prescription and over-the-counter.

Known as
Vitamin B6
Pyridoxine is used to treat convulsions in infants with pyridoxine deficiency. It also supplies the body with vitamin B6 supplements when it is deficient.
How to Use
Pyridoxine must be taken as prescribed by your doctor. Do not discontinue without your doctor’s approval.
Side Effects
Common reactions to pyridoxine include nausea, headaches and drowsiness. If used at high dosage for over a month, withdrawal symptoms may occur briefly. Peripheral nerve damage may result from prolonged high dosage.
If the body is already lacking this vitamin, it may also lack other essential nutrients. Maintain a balanced diet. Do not discontinue without your doctor’s advice. Inform your doctor if you have thyroid problems or an allergy to pyridoxine.
Inform your doctor if you are taking other anti-epileptic medications, oral contraceptives or if you are pregnant.
Missed Dose
Take the medication as soon as you remember: do not double-dose. Resume your medication schedule.
Store at room temperature, between 15°C and 30°C.
Tablets and injection

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