Cardiovascular medications - vasodilators
Vasodilator cardiovascular medications include:
- Hydralazine (Apresoline)
- Nitroglycerin (Deponit, Minitran, Nitrek, Nitrobid, Nitro-Dur)
- Alprostadil (Caverject,Edex, Muse)
- Riociguat (Adempas)
- Minoxidil (Loniten, Rogaine)
- Nesiritide (Natrecor)
Taking hydralazine may deplete vitamin B6.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
Vitamin B6, also called pyridoxine, is one of 8 B vitamins. All B vitamins help the body convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is ...Read Article Now Book Mark Article
Vitamin B6 is important for processing amino acids into important molecules in the body.
Low levels of vitamin B6 may cause any of the following symptoms:
- Failure to grow
Severe deficiency of vitamin B6 may cause numbness or tingling sensations in feet and toes.
The information presented here covers some of the nutrients that may be affected when you take certain medicines. If you have any of these signs and symptoms, it does not always mean you have low levels of these nutrients.
Factors that affect the level of nutrients are:
- Your medical history
- How long you have been taking the medicine
Please talk to your health care provider. They can best address your health care needs and see if you are at risk for low levels of any nutrients.
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Review Date: 9/19/2016
Reviewed By: Steven D. Ehrlich, NMD, Solutions Acupuncture, a private practice specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, Phoenix, AZ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.