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Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)

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What is Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) used for?

  • Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) is used to prevent and or treat vitamin B6 deficiency (when the vitamin level is too low).
  • It is also used to prevent and or treat numbness and tingling in hands and feet that can be a side effect from certain TB medication.

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How do I take this medicine?

  • It is very important that you take the medicine every day at the same time or as instructed by your doctor.
  • Do not stop taking the medicine unless your doctor tells you to stop.
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible, but never take 2 doses at one time.
  • Store the medicine in a cool, dry place (not in the bathroom), away from sunlight.
  • Keep it out of the reach of children.

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What are some side effects I should watch for?

  • Most people have no problems while taking vitamin B6.
  • Call your doctor if you have any of the following side effects while taking this medicine:
    • tingling or burning sensation of the fingers or toes
    • reduced sense of touch
    • headache
    • clumsiness
    • drowsiness
    • nausea

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What else should I tell my doctor?

  • Tell your doctor about any health problems you may have before starting this medicine.
  • Tell your doctor about any allergies you may have before starting this medicine.
  • Let your doctor know what medicine you are already taking.
  • Let your doctor know about any over the counter medicine or herbal products you may be taking
  • Do not start or stop any medicine before talking to your doctor. This includes medicines you buy over the counter or herbal products.
  • If you are breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.

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Tips for remembering to take your medicine

  • Take your medicine at the same time every day, for example:
    • Before going to bed
    • First thing in the morning
  • Use a weekly pill container.
  • Mark off each day you take your pills on a calendar.
  • Ask a family member or friend to remind you.

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Who do I talk to if I have questions about this medicine?

If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor or call the Halton Region Health Department to speak with a nurse.

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