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.

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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?

?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...

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. Read more...

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. Read more...