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Many people may wonder, "As a natural product, is pyridoxine safe?" Although most people can safely take pyridoxine, you should consult your healthcare provider before using the supplement if you are pregnant, have any allergies, or have had a coronary stent. Research suggests that pyridoxine (with folic acid and vitamin B12) may actually do more harm than good when used after coronary stenting.
- Have had a coronary stent
- Have any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Are breastfeeding.
- Preliminary evidence suggests that pyridoxine (in combination with folic acid and vitamin B12) may actually do more harm than good when used after coronary stenting. This combination of supplements may actually increase the risk of re-narrowing ("restenosis") of the coronary artery.
- Pyridoxine toxicity is possible, especially with high doses. Although the symptoms of toxicity (such as numbness or tingling sensations) are usually reversible once the vitamin is stopped, some severe cases may cause long-lasting problems.
- Pyridoxine can interact with some medications (see Drug Interactions With Pyridoxine for more information).
- Normal intakes of pyridoxine are safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women (see Vitamin B6 and Pregnancy and Vitamin B6 and Breastfeeding).