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Generic Name: Magnesium Capsules and Tablets (mag-NEE-zee-um)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.

Magnesium is used for:

Treating low magnesium levels or maintaining the proper amount of magnesium in the body.

Magnesium is an essential mineral. It works by adding magnesium to your body if your magnesium levels are low.

Do NOT use Magnesium if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Magnesium

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Magnesium :

Some medical conditions may interact with Magnesium . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have appendicitis, diarrhea, a blockage of your intestines, heart problems, or kidney problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Magnesium . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because the actions and side effects of these medicines may be increased
  • Penicillamine, quinolone antibiotics (eg, ciprofloxacin), or tetracyclines (eg, doxycycline) because the effectiveness of Magnesium may be decreased
  • Bisphosphonates (eg, risedronate) or digoxin because effectiveness may be decreased by Magnesium

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Magnesium may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Magnesium :

Use Magnesium as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Magnesium with food.
  • If you miss a dose of Magnesium and are using it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Magnesium .

Important safety information:

  • LAB TESTS, including magnesium levels, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use Magnesium with extreme caution in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Magnesium during pregnancy. If you are or may be pregnant, check with your doctor for instructions on using Magnesium during pregnancy. It is unknown if Magnesium is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding, check with your doctor to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Magnesium :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Diarrhea.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black, tarry stools; nausea; slow reflexes; vomit that looks like coffee grounds.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include confusion; dizziness; flushing; loss of consciousness; muscle weakness; severe drowsiness; slow heartbeat.

Proper storage of Magnesium :

Store Magnesium at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Magnesium out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Magnesium , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Magnesium is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Magnesium . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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