Chelated Magnesium

Generic Name: magnesium amino acids chelate (mag NEE zee um a MEEN oh AS ids KEE late)
Brand Name: Chelated Magnesium, MG Plus Protein

What is Chelated Magnesium (magnesium amino acids chelate)?

Magnesium is a naturally occurring mineral. Magnesium is important for many systems in the body especially the muscles and nerves.

Magnesium amino acids chelate is used as a supplement to maintain adequate magnesium in the body.

Magnesium amino acids chelate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Chelated Magnesium (magnesium amino acids chelate)?

Before taking magnesium amino acids chelate, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, allergies, and any other medicines you use.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. It is not known whether magnesium chloride could harm an unborn baby, or if it passes into breast milk and could harm a nursing baby. Your dose needs may be different while you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

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Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially antibiotics, diuretics, or medication for osteoporosis or Paget's disease.

Tell your doctor if you have signs that your magnesium blood levels are too low, such as confusion, uneven heart rate, jerking muscle movements, and muscle weakness or limp feeling.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Chelated Magnesium (magnesium amino acids chelate)?

You should not use magnesium amino acids chelate if you are allergic to it, or if you have kidney disease.

To make sure you can safely take magnesium amino acids chelate, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • diabetes;

  • Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis;

  • if you are malnourished; or

  • if you drink large amounts of alcohol.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether magnesium amino acids chelate will harm an unborn baby. Your dose needs may be different during pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

It is not known whether magnesium amino acids chelate passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Your dose needs may be different while you are nursing. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take Chelated Magnesium (magnesium amino acids chelate)?

Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take this medication with a full glass of water.

Use magnesium amino acids chelate regularly to get the most benefit. Take the medicine at the same time each day.

To be sure this medication is helping your condition and not causing harmful effects, your blood may need to be tested on a regular basis. Your kidney function may also need to be tested. Do not miss any follow-up visits to your doctor.

Tell your doctor if you have signs that your magnesium blood levels are too low, such as confusion, uneven heart rate, jerking muscle movements, and muscle weakness or limp feeling.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include numbness or tingly feeling in your face, limp muscles, slow heartbeat, weak or shallow breathing, vomiting, or fainting.

What should I avoid while taking Chelated Magnesium (magnesium amino acids chelate)?

Avoid using antacids or laxatives without your doctor's advice. Use only the specific type of antacid your doctor recommends. These medications may contain minerals and if you take certain products together you may get too much magnesium.

If you are taking a tetracycline antibiotic, avoid taking it within 2 hours before or 3 hours after you take magnesium amino acids chelate. Tetracycline antibiotics include doxycycline (Adoxa, Alodox, Avidoxy, Oraxyl, Doryx, Oracea, Vibramycin), minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin, Solodyn), or tetracycline (Ala-Tet, Brodspec, Panmycin, Sumycin, Tetracap).

Chelated Magnesium (magnesium amino acids chelate) side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; severe dizziness, difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have severe or ongoing diarrhea.

  • depression, feeling tired or irritable;

  • muscle cramps;

  • severe or ongoing diarrhea.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild diarrhea;

  • nausea, stomach pain; or

  • upset stomach.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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What other drugs will affect Chelated Magnesium (magnesium amino acids chelate)?

Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:

  • digoxin (Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps);

  • a diuretic (water pill);

  • an antibiotic such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), levofloxacin (Levaquin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), norfloxacin (Noroxin), ofloxacin (Floxin), or penicillamine (Cuprimine, Depen); or

  • medicines for osteoporosis or Paget's disease, such as alendronate (Fosamax), etidronate (Didronel), ibandronate (Boniva), pamidronate (Aredia), risedronate (Actonel), tiludronate (Skelid), or zoledronic acid (Reclast, Zometa).

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with magnesium amino acids chelate. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

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  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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