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Vitamin B supplementation and MAOIs?

Posted by proudfoot on August 27, 2010, at 20:59:51

How common/real is the development of pyridoxine (vitamin B6) deficiency when taking an MAOI? My doc who just started me on Nardil didn't recommend vitamin supplementation to me, but I've read about people who ingest a vitamin B complex supplement as prophylaxis against developing pellagra while on the MAOI.

Seems like good common sense to me nutritionally to do this since the MAOIs are pyridoxine agonists in the body, but I was just curious how widespread or common it is for folks to supplement their diets like this. If you do take a B vitamin, how much do you take, how often do you take it, and when in the day do you take it with regards to the timing of your MAOI dose(s)?

Last thing I need in my life right now is to develop pellagra, so I eagerly await your viewpoints on this. Muchos gracias!





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