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How long does magnesium supplements take to work?

How long does magnesium supplements take to work?

Magnesium Tablets: Magnesium is the relaxation mineral, as compared to calcium, which is the contraction mineral for muscles. I.V. magnesium starts working immediately. Oral magnesium has to be absorbed in the G.I. tract, which would vary person to person. Keep in mind that it can vary up to 8 fold from person to person how much magnesium a person needs, as well. Read more

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My therapist recommended taking a magnesium supplement for general anxiety and help with sleep. How long does it take to notice effects, if any?

My therapist recommended taking a magnesium supplement for general anxiety and help with sleep. How long does it take to notice effects, if any?

Careful which type: Magnesium citrate is a good bowel prep. Magnesium oxide is a good relaxant. It is not designed to put you to sleep, but it can help relax tense muscles. One or two pills of 400 mg each per day should have some positive effect within one week to 10 days. Read more

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When I take atenolol 12.5mg it works well for HR control due to anxiety. But when I take a magnesium supplement I feel like it wears of the atenolol?

When I take atenolol 12.5mg it works well for HR control due to anxiety. But when I take a magnesium supplement I feel like it wears of the atenolol?

Doubt a correlation: I'm not aware of any interaction although you can always ask your pharmacist. A better question could be - why are you taking the magnesium supplement? Or a HR/BP med for anxiety? Talking with your doc may give you better options. Read more

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Taking vit B12 shots every mnth but after 15 days I feel weak. Legs tingle. How long before I become fine. Shld I take magnesium supplements as well?

Vit B12: How low is your Vitamin B12? You might need to restore your B12 storage with everyday injection for a week then every week for a month or 2. Taking Magnesium is not going to restore your Vitamin B12 but it's not harmless to take it if you can tolerate the side effect. Read more

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Do potassium supplements work the same as magnesium supplements? When is the best time of day to take potassium, with or without food?

Do potassium supplements work the same as magnesium supplements? When is the best time of day to take potassium, with or without food?

Different: Both are different electrolytes (and magnesium is essential for absorption of potassium. The biggest question is why you are taking them as supplements and what you need rafter than want. They are best taken with meals otherwise tend to cause upset stomach. Read more

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How fast does magnesium supplements work?

Magnesium: It depends on the form of magnesium and how you take it. It works with minutes in many cases, certainly in less than an hour. Most Americans are at least a little suboptimal in their magnesium levels. Read more

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Which type of magnesium supplement should I take?

Magnesium: Before you waste your money on a magnesium (M) supplements (S), here is a list of food rich in M: https://www. Cedars-sinai. Edu/Patients/Programs-and-Services/Documents/CP0403MagnesiumRichFoods. Pdf If you consume none of these foods, you then may need to have some supplements. M supplements can cause nausea, cramps, and diarrhea. It is always better to ingest M from foods rather that from S. Read more

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Can anyone take magnesium supplements? And why do we need it?

Most can: Magnesium is freely excreted by the kidneys, so if you have normal renal function it won't bother you. But if you have kidney disease your levels could increase with supplements. Also magnesium supplements aren't needed unless your level is low, which could also cause low potassium levels. Read more

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Will it matter if you take magnesium supplements with, or without food?

Depends: On the manufacturer. Many need food to facilitate absorbption. Check with the packaging or your pharmacist. Read more

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What is a good magnesium supplement to take? What is a good dosage to start?

What is a good magnesium supplement to take? What is a good dosage to start?

Magnesium supplement: It is smart of you to check. Some magnesium supplements e.g. Magnesium oxide are cheap but not well absorbed. Good one is magnesium malate. Take enough to get 200 mg of elemental magnesium per day up to 400 mg per day. Read more

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Can I take magnesium supplements while on gabapentin?

Can I take magnesium supplements while on gabapentin?

Yes: Yes, as mentioned by dr. Weisman you can take both simultaneously as long as the amount you take is not excessive and the level is monitored. Read more

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Should I take magnesium supplement while taking amoxycillan?

Should I take magnesium supplement while taking amoxycillan?

Separate: Magnesium can interfere with the absorption of certain antibiotics so to play it safe you should separate the magnesium and the Amoxicillin by at least 4 hours, or wait until you are done with the Amoxicillin to start the magnesium. Read more

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I began a calcium/magnesium supplement program, how long before I notice the full effects?

I began a calcium/magnesium supplement program, how long before I notice the full effects?

Depends: Why are you on the program? I recommend a 1:1 dosage--i.e., equal amounts of calcium and magnesium. The dosage is determined by your bowel tolerance--i.e., the dosage that gives you diarrhea or loose stools. Just reduce the dosage to what is comfortable for you. Excess calcium impairs magnesium absorption--and inadequate magnesium impairs calcium absorption. Read more

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Is Magnesium Threonate the best magnesium supplement to take? Want to supplement for a short while, maybe 1 month, to see if it improves sleep.

Is Magnesium Threonate the best magnesium supplement to take? Want to supplement for a short while, maybe 1 month, to see if it improves sleep.

It is good: It is acceptable supplement. Problem supplement considered to be food, and there is no regulation to assure the public what really inside the bottle. Try to use a respectable known company. Read more

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Is it okay for me to take zinc and magnesium supplements while on psychiatric medications?

Zinc and magnesium: Zinc and magnesium are necessary minerals that should be in food, but these days is often there in lesser amounts than we need. Yes, it's fine to supplement, although food is best. Read more

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Can I take a magnesium supplement with my prescribed ativan (lorazepam)?

Can I take a magnesium supplement with my prescribed ativan (lorazepam)?

Certainly: Magnesium is present in a very wide range of foods so if it interacted with Ativan (lorazepam) there would be hundreds of foods unsafe to eat! Taking magnesium can reduce anxiety ; help insomnia ; might reduce your need for ativan (lorazepam). The best-absorbed forms are magnesium glycinate ; taurate. See http://bit. Ly/1dpai09 for more on magnesium and health. Read more

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