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Magnesium sulfate granules

Pronunciation

Generic Name: magnesium sulfate (mag-NEE-zee-um SUL-fate)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.

Magnesium sulfate granules is used for:

Clearing the bowels before tests or for treating constipation. It may also be used as a soak for minor sprains or bruises. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Magnesium sulfate granules is a laxative. It works by attracting and retaining water in the intestine, which allows the bowel to evacuate.

Do NOT use magnesium sulfate granules if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in magnesium sulfate granules

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

Before using magnesium sulfate granules:

Some medical conditions may interact with magnesium sulfate granules. 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 a blockage of the bowel, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or rectal bleeding
  • if you have kidney problems, heart failure, or appendicitis

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with magnesium sulfate granules. 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 sulfate granules
  • Bisphosphonates (eg, risedronate), penicillamine, quinolone antibiotics (eg, ciprofloxacin), or tetracyclines (eg, doxycycline) because their effectiveness may be decreased by magnesium sulfate granules

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

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

  • If you are taking magnesium sulfate granules by mouth, take it on an empty stomach as directed by your doctor or the package labeling. Follow with a full glass of water (8 oz/240 mL).
  • If you miss taking a dose of magnesium sulfate granules for 1 or more days, there is no cause for concern. If your doctor recommended that you take it, try to remember your dose every day.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use magnesium sulfate granules.

Important safety information:

  • Do not use magnesium sulfate granules if you experience abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or rectal bleeding except under the direction of your doctor.
  • If you notice a sudden change in bowel habits that lasts for 2 weeks or more, check with your doctor and do not use any more of magnesium sulfate granules.
  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 1 week without checking with your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take magnesium sulfate granules before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Magnesium sulfate granules should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 6 years old; safety and effectiveness in these 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 sulfate granules while you are pregnant. It is not known if magnesium sulfate granules is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use magnesium sulfate granules, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of magnesium sulfate granules:

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; stomach discomfort.

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); blood in the stool; cramps; dizziness; fainting; irregular heartbeat; severe diarrhea; sweating; weakness.

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.

Proper storage of magnesium sulfate granules:

Store magnesium sulfate granules 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 sulfate granules out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about magnesium sulfate granules, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Magnesium sulfate granules 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 sulfate granules 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 sulfate granules. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to magnesium sulfate granules. 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 sulfate granules.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
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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