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Is it dangerous to ingest Epsom salts

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valencia Porter
20 years experience Holistic Medicine
Depends on the dose: Epsom salts are Magnesium Sulfate which is safe for human consumption in limited doses. You may notice on the epsom salt container that it can be use ... Read More
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Epsom Salts: Ingestion of excessive epsom salts can lead to significant GI upset. In smaller amounts it is sometimes used as a laxative.

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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
No: Epsom salts are not to be taken internally, ever. Have you had your serum magnesium measured?
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Not Safe: Ingestion can cause death.In one tablespoon there is 35 grms of magnesium sulphate which is toxic dose.
Dr. Su Fairchild
23 years experience Integrative Medicine
Depends on dose: Too much will cause diarrhea, and Magnesium Sulfate by mouth tastes bitter. 1 tablespoon of epsom salts dissolved in 6-8 oz water is a laxative dose ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
23 years experience Integrative Medicine
Yes, but..: Epsom salts are a very good laxative. If you take too much you will give yourself diarrhea. Best to use another form of magnesium if you are trying to ... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Possible: You can absorb magnesium from the bath and oral Magnesium at 800mg is a maximum amount to take. I think your assessment is correct. Hold off on the ma ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience Endocrinology
Epsom salt laxative: All laxatives are dangerous if not used properly. Discuss with your Dr. as to your situation.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hardin
35 years experience Wound care
Dont do it: It will harm the vital healing tissues.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Harrington
41 years experience Internal Medicine
Herpes: Soaking in epsom salts may soothe painful ulcers, but not make the infection go away.
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Epsom: salts contain magnesium sulfate, which is different from the sulfonamides, which make up the composition of sulfa drugs. So there should be no prob ... Read More
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Dr. Marius Frasie
25 years experience Internal Medicine
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