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Posted by: Marilyn Phillips
Date: February 1, 2002 2:49 PM

Is it safe to give a 10 year old girl B6?

RE: B6
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: February 1, 2002 3:39 PM

All mammals, in fact all vertebrates have vitamin requirements. The word vitamin comes from the original "vital amine" where the word "vital" implies necessary for life. Kids are vertebrate/mammals also. Any substance, including water, can be used in excess and cause damage, even death, so dosage is important. B6 is a water soluble vitamin and all water soluble vitamins are even better tolerated in excess dose than fat soluble vitamins. A common dose of B6 found in potent vitamin preparations is 50 mg. There are few cases where more than 50 mg. is needed.

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