Medications


Magnesium Sulfate injection

What is this medicine?

MAGNESIUM SULFATE (mag NEE zee um SUL fate) is an electrolyte injection commonly used to treat low magnesium levels in your blood. It is also used to prevent or control seizures in women with preeclampsia or eclampsia.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • facial flushing

  • muscle weakness

  • signs and symptoms of low blood pressure like dizziness; feeling faint or lightheaded, falls; unusually weak or tired

  • signs and symptoms of a dangerous change in heartbeat or heart rhythm like chest pain; dizziness; fast or irregular heartbeat; palpitations; breathing problems

  • sweating

What may interact with this medicine?

This medicine may interact with the following medications:

  • certain medicines for anxiety or sleep

  • certain medicines for seizures like phenobarbital

  • digoxin

  • medicines that relax muscles for surgery

  • narcotic medicines for pain

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • heart disease

  • history of irregular heart beat

  • kidney disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to magnesium sulfate, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine. You may need blood work done while you are receiving this medicine.


NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. Copyright© 2017 Elsevier
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