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Magnesium Sulfate Medication
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. ...Read more
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). ...Read more
No: Magnesium sulfate does not lead to neonate organ failure. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Ingested magnesium sulfate for 2 years, stopped, took calcium magnesium to balance, still don't runners high when jogging. Is it permanent?
Not sure what you: Asking exactly. Are you relating mg sulfate to a "runner's high"? ...Read more
Releive headache: Both medications relieve headaches. Exact mechanism is not known. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Is it okay to take 1000mg glucosamine hydrochloride and 200mg of magnesium sulfate? I am 17years old, male. Thank you :)
No: Neither supplement is appropriate or necessary for a 17 year old. ...Read more
Define overdose: If you mean high mag levels after mag sulfate I.V. Was given, then you need to know that mag level can be elevated after I.V. Dose, temporarily, until it shifts spontaneously into mag storage. I.E. It is okay to be hi right after I.V. Dose. It is not ok to stay elevated a few days later. Lasix (furosemide) diuresis could correct this under a physician's supervision. It's also is okay to watch it decine on own. ...Read more
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Could use your help docs! A friend drank water with magnesium sulfate every day and she lost a lot of weight rapidly. Why?
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.
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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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
My sister has her fingernails bluish every time she uses magnesium sulfate as bath salt? Why is that?
Haven't heard of...: Haven't heard of epsom salt (mag. Sulfate) causing bluish nails. If the nails are more bluish after getting out of a warm bath into the colder air, maybe the drop in skin temperature causes a decrease in blood circulation to the fingers and nails. A primary care doctor can get the details, and check the fingers and nails to see if there is a medical issue, such as decreased circulation to fingers. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
I would like to try magnesium supplement. What is the difference between magnesium sulfate, oxide, gluconate and aspartate. Are they all the same?
No: The sulfate & oxide are magnesium attached to inorganic molecules. They are not harmful, but inadequately absorbed. Oratate, gluconate, & aspartic acid are natural organic amino acids, which effect much greater absorption & magnesium release in the body. These organic forms are more expensive but worth it. A formulation that releases about "500 mg of elemental magnesium" is a good daily dose. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Is it okay to use magnesium sulfate or laxative a few hours before drinking contrast for CT of abdo & pelvis. Softeners & enema last night didn't work?
How to abort status migrainosus in pregnancy? Been 6 days, tried Norco, (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) IV morphine, IV magnesium sulfate... Nothing works more than 3-4hrs. Pls help!
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