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Generic Name: Magnesium Gluconate Tablets (mag-NEE-zee-um GLOO-koe-nate)
Brand Name: Examples include Magonate and Magtrate

Magtrate is used for:

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

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

Do NOT use Magtrate if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Magtrate

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

Before using Magtrate :

Some medical conditions may interact with Magtrate . 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 Magtrate . 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 Magtrate may be decreased
  • Bisphosphonates (eg, risedronate) because effectiveness may be decreased by Magtrate

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Magtrate 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 Magtrate :

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

  • Take Magtrate with food.
  • If you miss a dose of Magtrate 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 Magtrate .

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 Magtrate 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 Magtrate during pregnancy. If you are or may be pregnant, check with your doctor for instructions on using Magtrate during pregnancy. It is unknown if Magtrate 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 Magtrate :

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); nausea; slow reflexes.

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 Magtrate :

Store Magtrate 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 Magtrate out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Magtrate , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Magtrate 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 Magtrate . 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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