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Description

Magnesium sulfate is a mineral supplement used to treat magnesium deficiency. It is also used to treat pre-eclampsia and eclampsia during pregnancy, and to prevent seizures in severe cases of preeclampsia. Magnesium sulfate is also used as a laxative to relieve occasional constipation.

Common side effects of magnesium sulfate include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. Other side effects may include dizziness, headache, and flushing.

Brand names associated with magnesium sulfate include Epsom Salt, Mag-Ox 400, Uro-Mag, and Mag-Tab SR.

Overdose effects of magnesium sulfate include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, confusion, muscle weakness, and irregular heartbeat. In severe cases, an overdose can lead to coma, respiratory depression, and death.

Synonyms
  • Epsom salts
  • magnesii sulfas
  • magnesium sulfate
  • magnesium sulfuricum heptahydricum
  • magnesium sulphate
  • sal amarum
  • sel de sedlitz
Classifications
  • anti-inflammatory
  • gastrointestinal
  • laxative
  • magnesium
  • mineral
  • osmotic
  • parenteral component
  • supplement

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