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Magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets

Generic Name: magnesium chloride (mag-NEE-zee-um KLOR-ide)
Brand Name: Examples include Mag-SR and Slow-Mag

Magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets is used for:

Treating low magnesium levels or maintaining the proper amount of magnesium in the body. It also may be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets is an essential mineral. It works by adding magnesium to your body if your magnesium levels are low.

Do NOT use magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets

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

Before using magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets:

Some medical conditions may interact with magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets. 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 chloride sustained-release tablets. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets
  • Bisphosphonates (eg, risedronate), digoxin, penicillamine, quinolone antibiotics (eg, ciprofloxacin), or tetracyclines (eg, doxycycline) because their effectiveness may be decreased by magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets 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 chloride sustained-release tablets:

Use magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets by mouth with food.
  • If you miss a dose of magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets 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 chloride sustained-release tablets.

Important safety information:

  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Lab tests, including magnesium levels, may be performed while you use magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets while you are pregnant. It is not known if magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets:

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; itching; 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 about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

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

Proper storage of magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets:

Store magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets 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.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using magnesium chloride sustained-release tablets.

Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.2.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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