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Doctor insights on: Long Term Side Effects From Magnesium Sulfate

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Side effects to magnesium sulfate for labor?

Side effects to magnesium sulfate for labor?

See below: Magnesium sulphate is given intravenously to relax the uterus. Too fast a infusion, and generally in the face of decreasing or decreased kidney function can cause too high levels in the blood leading to convulsions.

Dr. Su Fairchild
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Give me drug profile of magnesium sulfate including dose, therapeutic uses, side effects?

Give me drug profile of magnesium sulfate including dose, therapeutic uses, side effects?

Several uses: Magnesium sulfate is commonly used to stop premature labor, and to prevent eclamptic seizures, and may also be beneficial for a baby born prematurely. Typically a "loading dose" of 4-6 grams is used, followed by 2-3 grams per hour given intravenously. Side effects including flushing, dry mouth, blurred vision, and nausea, and are usually worse for the first 24 hours a woman gets the medication.

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Are there any serious side effects to the mother and/or baby due to using magnesium sulfate?

Are there any serious side effects to the mother and/or baby due to using magnesium sulfate?

Not id given correct: Benefits of preventing seizure definitely outwegh the risk but must be careful of toxicity if given too much at the extreme respiratory depression for mom in the baby may notice it to be sometimes sluggish if mom has been on mag for a while.

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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?

Labor. Are there any serious side effects to the mother and/or baby due to using magnesium sulfate when not needed?

? 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.

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Can magnesium sulfate overdose cause long term problems?

Can magnesium sulfate overdose cause long term problems?

Not usually: Magnesium overdose can cause lots of metabolic problems, (low blood pressure, respiratory depression) but once resolved is not associated with long term problems. Kidney patients should not be exposed to magnesium containing products as the kidney removes excess magnesium.

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Can magnesium sulfate overdose cause long term cardiac problems?

Can magnesium sulfate overdose cause long term cardiac problems?

Depends on symptoms: The way to recognize mag overdose is blood work that shows increase in values. If the "overdose" caused heart rhythm problems that caused a cardiac arrest, then long term problems are possible. But if "overdose" means increase in blood level, then it is not important. Usually after Magnesium Sulfate infusion, levels in blood go up before they normalize by moving out of blood into storage in cells.

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Can a magnesium sulfate overdose cause long term heart problems?

Can a magnesium sulfate overdose cause long term heart problems?

No.: Magnesium sulfate can cause toxicity when infused at excessive rates, however its effects quickly dissipate once the infusion is stopped (excreted via urine rather promptly). In extreme cases of severe toxicity cardiac arrest can occur and result in death or permanent deficits in neurological or cardiac function; this is very rare and exceptional.

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How long is the withdrawal of magnesium sulfate?

See below: Magnesium sulphate is given intravenously to relax the uterus. Too fast a infusion, and generally in the face of decreasing or decreased kidney function can cause too high levels in the blood leading to convulsions. Magnesium is readily excreted by the kidneys in normal circumstances.

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Please explain if it is safe to intake magnesium sulfate (epsom salt)?

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 supplement magnesium.

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What causes pulmonary edema on magnesium sulfate for early labor?

What causes pulmonary edema on magnesium sulfate for early labor?

Cardiac depression.: Magnesium sulfate acts as a cardiac depressant and can send a pregnant woman into pulmonary edema, especially if additional factors are present: preeclampsia, twins, obesity, smoking, overdose with magnesium sulfate. Diuresis with Lasix (furosemide) and prompt discontinuation of the magnesium infusion drip will reverse this life-threatening complication rather rapidly. A cardiac echo is warranted.

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What do you use magnesium sulfate for?

What do you use magnesium sulfate for?

3 reasons in obstetr: 1) to stop contractions for 48 hours in order to get the fetus time to mature its lungs with steroids, in case of preterm labor <34 weeks. 2)to prevent severe cerebral palsy in the offspring of women with ruptured membranes and/or preterm labor <32 weeks. 3)to prevent seizures in women with preeclampsia (severe only?) at high-risk periods (e.g. Labor, first 24 hours postpartum).

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What does magnesium sulfate make you feel so hot?

What does magnesium sulfate make you feel so hot?

See below: Intravenously it causes flushing and vasodilation [ dilation of blood vessels], which can simulate the feeling of hotness.

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What are the signs of magnesium sulfate toxicity and its antidote?

MgSO4 toxicity: MgSO4 toxicity is a very rare complication of treatment for pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. Symptoms/Signs include absent reflexes, respiratory depression, and cardiac dysfunction. Intravenous calcium gluconate is used in patients with toxic levels of magnesium.

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My sister drank water with magnesium sulfate every day and she lost a lot of weight rapidly. Why?

My sister drank water with magnesium sulfate every day and she lost a lot of weight rapidly. Why?

Rapid weight loss: Your sister lost weight and most of it was water. Magnesium is given to induce diarrhea in patients who will have a colonoscopy. If she did have the diarrhea, most of it was water and that is the cause of her weight loss. Rapid weight gain or loss is always due to gain or loss of water weight.

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Is it safe to ingest magnesium sulfate (epsom salt)?

Is it safe to ingest magnesium sulfate (epsom salt)?

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, and it tastes quite horrible, but it is as safe as taking any other form of magnesium. There are better ways to replete magnesium. Http://drfairchild. Blogspot. Com/2012/12/proper-thyroid-testing. Html.

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Are medicines like magnesium sulfate and steroids proved safe in pregnancy?

Are medicines like magnesium sulfate and steroids proved safe in pregnancy?

Yes!: Steroids either for fetal lung maturation or for asthma in pregnant women are very safe as long as supervised by a physician. Magnesium sulfate has a good safety track. The maternal blood levels need to be monitored. Occasionally, newborns may show some lethargy when exposed during labor. The baby's pediatrician will be informed and precautions taken at birth.