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How much magnesium citrate is safe to take? Is 400 mg to high? I take it to help with anxiety. I keep reading conflicting information on dosage.

How much magnesium citrate is safe to take? Is 400 mg to high? I take it to help with anxiety. I keep reading conflicting information on dosage.

Titrate: There are individual differences in magnesium absorption, so there is no standard dose. Basically, "titrate to bowel tolerance". Which means take as much as you can handle without giving yourself diarrhea. For anxiety, magnesium glycinate may be slightly better. More info: http://drfairchild. Blogspot. Com/2012/12/magnesium. Html ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

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I find out that anxiety can be reduced with rhodiola and magnesium. Is it safe to take both supplement? And how much dosage should I take? Thanks

I find out that anxiety can be reduced with rhodiola and magnesium. Is it safe to take both supplement? And how much dosage should I take? Thanks

Yes, see below:: Yes, it is totally safe to take rhodiola and magnesium. A reasonable dose for rhodiola is 100-200 mg/day in morning. Magnesium is best as magnesium taurate or glycinate, 300-400 mg, some in morning, most in evening. See http://www. Herbwisdom. Com/herb-rhodiola. Html
& http://www. Foxnews. Com/health/2012/03/07/rhodiola-rosea-natures-anti-depressant/ & http://drcarolyndean. Com/magnesium_miracle/. ...Read more

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Could 400 mg magnesium dose cause anxiety?

Could 400 mg magnesium dose cause anxiety?

No: It should not. Some people are sensitive and can get diarrhea from this does.
More info here:
http://drfairchild. Blogspot. Com/2012/12/magnesium.Html. ...Read more

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I am 5.5 weeks pregnant and I want to know if I can continue taking a supplemental dose of magnesium citrate. 300 mg, every day. It helps with sleep, anxiety and tension headaches from slipped disc.

I am 5.5 weeks pregnant and I want to know if I can continue taking a supplemental dose of magnesium citrate. 300 mg, every day. It helps with sleep, anxiety and tension headaches from slipped disc.

Certainly: Congratulations! magnesium is an essential nutrient and is especially important during pregnancy, where it can prevent high blood pressure (pre-eclampsia) and other complications. It is completely safe to take during pregnancy.
I imagine you are already taking a prenatal with folic acid. Biotin and dha are other beneficial nutrients during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Does taking magnesium help to cure anxiety?

Does taking magnesium help to cure anxiety?

It could: Magnesium is a well-tolerated supplement with few side effects that may be helpful for anxiety. As a single therapy, it has not been well evaluated, but three human studies of magnesium in combination with other vitamins, minerals and herbal extracts have all shown reduction of anxiety levels. ...Read more

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Would magnesium tablets help with anxiety headaches. Thanks?

Would magnesium tablets help with anxiety headaches. Thanks?

Magnesium is one: Possible help for headaches. Please see your doc to rule out medical conditions. Stress management is another tool, like using the Relaxation Response. See www. Relaxationresponse. Org Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Would taking magnesium help my mood/anxiety? Is it toxic if taken in large doses?

Would taking magnesium help my mood/anxiety? Is it toxic if taken in large doses?

Is toxic for sure: It is said that magnesium supplementation in those who are truly deficient and have mood disorders can improve their picture. However, it is not just as simple as raising levels or simply taking supplements. You should be thoroughly examined by a psychiatrist or similarly capable person before spending time and money on supplements which may not help. And yes, magnesium in high doses can be toxic. ...Read more

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Is magnesium good to take for anxiety or stress? How would I know if taking to much?

Is magnesium good to take for anxiety or stress? How would I know if taking to much?

Possibly: Magnesium is an important mineral in the body, and it has been noted that we are taking less magnesium than before due to changes in diet. There are not a lot of studies looking at magnesium as a treatment, but what is out there does point to a possibility of it working for stress and anxiety. Taking it can cause loose bowels, and taking too much can cause paralysis or death. ...Read more

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Do you need to be diagnosed with anxiety in order to take magnesium pills or any sort of pills that are natural from a health store? For anxiety?

Do you need to be diagnosed with anxiety in order to take magnesium pills or any sort of pills that are natural from a health store? For anxiety?

Anxiety diagnosis: You do not have to have a diagnosis of anxiety or anything else to take magnesium or other essential nutrients. Do a lot of reading on taking good care of yourself. Study up on healthy life styles and good nutrition. ...Read more

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Could magnesium supplements treat anxiety?

Could magnesium supplements treat anxiety?

Magnesium can be: Used to help w/anxiety but it is far better to seek out the help of a professional also. There are many causes for anxiety and it's best to get trained in strategies to resolve them. Also, too much magnesium can cause the runs and there are several types of magnesium. I use magnesium citrate w/patients. You may also find a brand called jigsaw magnesium helpful. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can I just take magnesium supplemnt for my anxiety without test my magnesium level?

Can I just take magnesium supplemnt for my anxiety without test my magnesium level?

Wouldn't recommend: Too high or too low magnesium levels could cause problems. I'm not too sure why they are recommending magnesium supplements for anxiety. Please see your doctor. Terima Kasih. ...Read more

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Can magnesium citrate help anxiety?

Can magnesium citrate help anxiety?

Magnesium & anxiety: Magnesium deficiency can produce symptoms of anxiety & depression, like muscle weakness, fatigue, eye twitches, apprehension, nervousness, and rapid pulse. Serotonin depends on magnesium for its production & function. Talk w/your doctor first, but 150mg twice daily of magnesium citrate, taurate, or glycinate may be helpful. If diarrhea, split the doses up more. ...Read more

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What is better for anxiety? Magnesium citrate or oxide?

What is better for anxiety? Magnesium citrate or oxide?

Either: The magnesium is what might help with anxiety. The citrate could be easier to absorb than the oxide, but the oxide is a little more economical. Be aware that magnesium supplements can cause loose stools, so use divided doses and increase gradually. You need about 320mg/day of magnesium from all sources including food -- possibly more if under significant stress. Stools can be your dosing guide. ...Read more

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I'm taking half of a level tsp of magnesium citrate in powder form mixed with water. At night, for anxiety. Do you think this is enough?

I'm taking half of a level tsp of magnesium citrate in powder form mixed with water. At night, for anxiety. Do you think this is enough?

Anxiety Rx is better: Magnesium is an old home remedy for all that ails you, including "anxiety, apathy, depression, headaches, insecurity, irritability, restlessness, talkativeness, & sulkiness." In 1968, Wacker & Parisi reported that magnesium deficiency could cause depression, behavioral disturbances, headaches, muscle cramps, seizures, ataxia, psychosis, & irritability. Recommend you seek a mainstream treatment. ...Read more

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What is the best vitamin and/or mineral one can take to help with anxiety? I take magnesium, but what are some other good ones to try?

What is the best vitamin and/or mineral one can take to help with anxiety? I take magnesium, but what are some other good ones to try?

There's a better way: Sure, a lot of health food and supplement places will tout the effect of various herbal preparations, but the best way to treat anxiety without a prescription is with a counselor who knows how to do cognitive behavioral therapy. Also look at things like how much caffeine you drink, how many hours you sleep and so on. ...Read more

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Low magnesium and low potassium causing (severe) anxiety. Thoughts?

Low magnesium and low potassium causing (severe) anxiety. Thoughts?

Yes!: Magnesium is a natural relaxant for nerve excitability. Both can increase anxiety, if you are deficient, and if you are low, then you should take steps to correct this! potassium deficiency can cause cardiac rhythm problems, or worse! Diuretics frequently causes dual deficiencies! ...Read more

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Could taking a small amount of magnesium citrate a day help with my "Benign" Palpitations and anxiety?

Could taking a small amount of magnesium citrate a day help with my "Benign" Palpitations and anxiety?

Worse: It likely will make them worse. Mag citrate is a cathartic. If you get diarrhea, you will develop low potassium which will make your arrhythmia worse. Ask your doctor if it's safe for you (depends on your kidney function) to take supplemental magnesium oxide which is helpful for some people as an anti-arrhythmic. Don't do this on your own! ...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?

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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I am trying magnesium glycinate for anxiety. Should I be taking it with other supplements or vitamins?

I am trying magnesium glycinate for anxiety. Should I be taking it with other supplements or vitamins?

Vitamins are suplmts: If you are anxious you might want to try something different. There are no studies that show vitamins help control anxiety. Usually, they are used for general health. Try to exercise, meditate or do some yoga. ...Read more

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An old pharmacist advised me to take ZenMag instead of Xanax (alprazolam) for anxiety and stress. Is it better? I have magnesium deficiency.

An old pharmacist advised me to take ZenMag instead of Xanax (alprazolam) for anxiety and stress. Is it better? I have magnesium deficiency.

ZenMag: magnesium MG: Supplement for MG deficiency. Should be monitored by physician as too much MG can affect heart/kidney problems. Side effects and overdose rare but may include blurred/double vision, coma, dizziness/fainting, drowsiness, increased/decreased urination, slow heartbeat, troubled breathing. Xanax (alprazolam) helps severe anxiety but habit-forming. Stress reduction strategies best for anxiety/stress. Best regards. ...Read more

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I understand magnesium oxide can help with tense muscles, but some research suggests it can ease general anxiety. Can anyone corroborate?

I understand magnesium oxide can help with tense muscles, but some research suggests it can ease general anxiety. Can anyone corroborate?

Careful: Yes, there are a few studies indicating that magnesium can help anxiety -- but be careful if you have kidney disease. Theory is that magnesium can sit on the nmda (excitatory) receptor and block it from excess stimulation. With healthy kidneys and telling your doctor, you can safely experiment with 200-400 mg daily -- preferably taken separately from calcium. Or, put epsom salts in your bath. ...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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I have been taking magnesium glycinate for IBS-C, anxiety and high cholesterol. Is there any proof it can help treat any of these?

I have been taking magnesium glycinate for IBS-C, anxiety and high cholesterol. Is there any proof it can help treat any of these?

No: There is no proof that this works for any medical problem. Magnesium is a laxative so you may notice improvement in the IBS. However, it is not good to use magnesium on a regular basis for constipation as a first-line therapy. There is the possibility of developing increased magnesium levels, which can be dangerous. Initially you should increase fiber in your diet and your fluid intake. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hi, I've been taking Natural Calm Magnesium & also having frequent anxiety attacks & nervousness early am with insomnia, can these cause loose stool?

Hi, I've been taking Natural Calm Magnesium & also having frequent anxiety attacks & nervousness early am with insomnia, can these cause loose stool?

Magnesium laxative: Magnesium is an old home remedy for anxiety, apathy, depression, headaches, insecurity, irritability, restlessness. However, magnesium is an active ingredient in Milk of Magnesia, (magnesium hydroxide) Magnesium citrate, & other laxatives. Your loose stool may be magnesium dose-dependent. Consider other causes however if persistent after curtailing magnesium use, & best see your provider about help with your anxiety. ...Read more