Last Updated: September 28 2022

Pyritinol (Pyrithioxine) is a molecule that is, structurally, two Vitamin B6 molecules attached to each other. It is touted to be an anti-hangover pill and a brain booster, with subpar evidence for both claims; it is linked to a moderate amount of avoidable side-effects.

Pyritinol is most often used for


Pyritinol (also known as pyrithioxine) is a compound with is essentially two Vitamin B6 molecules bound together by two sulfur atoms (a disulfide bridge). It has historically been used in European countries for treatment of Dementia and related issues of cognitive decline in the elderly. It is marketed under the brand name Encephabol.

It has had a resurgence as a nootropic compound for recreational use, but no studies have been undertaken in a young adult population.

What else is Pyritinol known as?
Note that Pyritinol is also known as:
  • Pyrithioxine
  • Encephabol (Brand Name)
Pyritinol should not be confused with:
  • Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)
Dosage information

A standard dosage of pyritinol used is 600mg taken in divided doses throughout the day with meals, usually 300mg taken with two meals of the day.

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