Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Vitamin B6 deficiency
Adult: Up to 150 mg daily.

Homocystinuria, Primary hyperoxaluria, Sideroblastic anaemia
Adult: 200-600 mg daily. Lifelong administration may be needed to avoid recurrence.

Isoniazid-induced peripheral neuropathy
Adult: 50 mg tid; up to 200 mg daily may be given.

Vitamin B6 deficiency
Adult: 10-20 mg daily for 3 weeks via IV or IM inj, then shift to oral daily therapy for several weeks.
Extended Release Tab: May be taken with or without food. Swallow whole, do not break/crush/chew.
Incompatible with alkaline solutions, iron salts and oxidizing agents.
Special Precautions
Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: Severe peripheral neuropathies (long term, excessively large doses).
Gastrointestinal disorders: Nausea.
General disorders and admin site conditions: Ataxia.
Immune system disorders: Hypersensitivity.
Investigations: Increased AST, decreased serum folic acid levels.
Metabolism and nutrition disorders: Metabolic acidosis.
Nervous system disorders: Headache, hyperesthesia, paraesthesia, seizure (very large IV doses).
Psychiatric disorders: Somnolence.
IV/Parenteral/PO: A
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor CBC, electrolytes, neurological and seizure activity.
Drug Interactions
Concomitant use with cycloserine, hydralazine, isoniazid, penicillamine, estrogens (e.g. oral contraceptives) may increase dose requirement for pyridoxine. May diminish the effect of altretamine, levodopa, phenobarbital, phenytoin.
Lab Interference
May produce false-positive results for urobilinogen in the spot test using Ehrlich's reagent.
Description: Pyridoxine is a water-soluble vitamin which functions as a coenzyme in the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. It is essential in haeme formation and GABA synthesis within the CNS. It also aids in the release of glycogen stored in the liver and muscles.
Synonym: vitamin B6.
Absorption: Well absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract.
Distribution: Mainly stored in the liver; low amounts in muscles and brain. Crosses the placenta and enters breast milk.
Metabolism: Converted in the erythrocytes into pyridoxal phosphate and pyridoxamine phosphate (active forms) which are then stored and metabolised in the liver via oxidation into 4-pyridoxic acid and other inactive metabolites.
Excretion: Via urine (as 4-pyridoxic acid and other inactive metabolites). Elimination half-life: 15-20 days.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Compound Summary for CID 1054, Pyridoxine. Accessed Oct. 27, 2020.

Tab: Store below 30°C. Protect from excessive heat, moisture and light. Solution for inj: Store between 20-25°C. Protect from light.
MIMS Class
Vitamin B-Complex / with C
ATC Classification
A11HA02 - pyridoxine (vit B6) ; Belongs to the class of other plain vitamin preparations. Used as dietary supplements.
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