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Magnesium Sulphate

INFORMATION

Uses

Magnesium Sulphate is used in the treatment of seizures in pregnant women with high blood pressure and decreased magnesium levels in blood.

How it works

Magnesium sulphate is a mineral salt. It is a micronutrient. It has anti-inflammatory and laxative properties. Magnesium sulphate replaces magnesium in patients with magnesium deficiency and at site of edema in case of injuries. It decreases nerve impulses to heart muscles. In the intestine magnesium sulphate helps to retain water inside the colon, increasing the mobility and helps in evacuation of bowel.

Common side effects

Nausea, Paralysis, Abdominal pain, Central nervous system depression, Cardiac depression, Decreased blood pressure, Decreased body temperature, Diarrhoea, Injection site pain, Flushing, Increased sweating, Vomiting, Increased magnesium level in blood

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Expert advice

This drug can be taken orally for constipation. But for rest of the indication it is usually given by a doctor or a nurse as an injection directly into the vein or muscle.Do not give oral magnesium sulphate to children under 12 years.Antibiotics should be taken either 2 hours prior or 4 hours after taking magnesium sulphate.Do not take magnesium and consult your doctor:
  • If you suffer from bleeding disorder, heart block, kidney problems, or breathing problems.
  • If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • If you are taking medicines acting on nervous system, for heart problems, for high blood pressure.
  • If you are going to be given an anesthetic.

Frequently asked questions

Magnesium Sulphate

Q.Is magnesium hydroxide an alkali?
Magnesium hydroxide is an alkali

Q.Is magnesium effective against migraine, constipation, anxiety, or wakefulness?
Magnesium hydroxide can be used to treat migraine, constipation, anxiety, and can help you sleep. Please consult your doctor for the dose, frequency and duration required for the treatment

Q.Can I take Epsom or magnesium suphate salts for magnesium deficiency?
Epsom/ magnesium suphate can be taken to treat magnesium deficiency.Please consult your doctor before use

Q.How long can I take magnesium sulphate?
Duration of treatment depends up on disease condition.Do consult your doctor for the dose and duration required for your treatment

Q.How many times can I take magnesium sulphate for thyroid problems?
Magnesium sulphate is not used for thyroid problems.Do consult your doctor for the dose and duration required for the treatment

Q.Can I take magnesium sulphate with iron, vitamin C, antibiotics, multivitamins, Nexium/ esomeprazole, Lexapro/escitalopram, citalopram, or antidepressants?
Magnesium sulphate can be taken with iron, vitamin C, multivitamins, citalopram, and antidepressants. Certain antibiotics should not be taken with magnesium sulphate because they may not be absorbed as well. Interaction may occur when Nexium, Lexapro are taken with magnesium salicylate

Q.Can I take magnesium sulphate without calcium?
The intake of magnesium sulphate and calcium should be kept in range, calcium to magnesium-1:1 or 2:1. Do consult your doctor before use

Q.Does magnesium sulphate help you lose weight?
Magnesium sulphate is not used for losing body weight.Do consult your doctor before use.


Content on this page was last updated on 15 October, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)