A 52-year-old member asked:
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labor.are there any serious side effects to the mother and/or baby due to using magnesium sulfate when not needed?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
?need ? effect?: Magnesium sulfate is one of the better tolerated methods of handling maternal blood pressure in labor. Maternal effects at higher levels include respiratory depression, low blood pressure & heart rhythm block. It is a category 1 (no risk) for the fetus although i occasionally see respiratory depression, apnea spells in a newborn if it has high blood levels, which fades after they start to urinate.
Answered on Jun 27, 2014

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