EPSOM SALTS BP

Active substance: MAGNESIUM SULPHATE HEPTAHYDRATE

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Relieves occasional constipation. Also relieves
the pain from sprains, bruises and boils.
Take by mouth for constipation:
Adults, the elderly and children over 12 years:
• Take 1 to 3 x 5ml spoonfuls (5-15g)
dissolved in 250ml of water as required.
• The solution may be flavoured with
fruit juice.
Do not give internally to children under 12
years old.
For external use:
Adults, the elderly and children:
• Dissolve 1 tablespoonful in a small
cup of warm water.
• Apply to the affected skin with
cotton wool or lint.

1. Before you use this medicine
internally

Do not take the medicine if you have….
• An allergy to magnesium sulphate.
• Any stomach or intestine problems other than
occasional constipation.

• Kidney problems.
• Severe stomach pain.
• Or give to children with tapeworm or
threadworms.

Precautions for use
• Do not use for long periods.
• Make sure enough water is used to avoid
dehydration.

• Use with caution if elderly or weakened.
• If symptoms persist for more than 7 days ask
your doctor for advice.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you
are taking….

• Muscle relaxants e.g. tubocurarine.

2. Possible side effects

Peel
Peel where shown for further
precautions.

Active ingredient: magnesium
sulphate heptahydrate 100%.
Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original package.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.

Peel where shown for further
information.

Manufactured by the licence holder
L.C.M. Ltd., Huddersfield, HD7 5QH, UK
for Thornton and Ross Ltd.,
Huddersfield, HD7 5QH, UK.
PL 12965/0023
24165002

300g

• ACE inhibitors for high blood pressure.
• Medicines for bacterial, fungal or viral infections

(e.g. tetracyclines, methenamine, quinolones,
rifampicin, azithromycin, atazanavir, tipranavir,
itraconazole, ketoconazole).
• Medicines to prevent blood clotting
(e.g.dipyridamole)
• Medicines for mental illness (e.g.phenothiazines,
sulpiride).
• Gabapentin or phenytoin (for epilepsy).
• Chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine to prevent or
treat malaria.
• Bisphosphonates for osteoporosis.
• Fexofenadine (an antihistamine).
• Deflazacort (a corticosteroid).
• Lansoprazole (for a stomach ulcer).
• Rosuvastatin (for high cholesterol).
• Levothyroxine (for thyroid problems).
• Penicillamine (for rheumatoid arthritis).
• Digoxin (for heart failure).

Like all medicines, Epsom Salts can have side
effects, although these don’t affect everyone.
Possible side effects are:
• Upset stomach.
• Watery diarrhoea.
• Colic.
• Blocked bowel.
Prolonged use is not recommended and may cause
an excess of magnesium in the blood leading to
other side effects.
If you notice these or any other side effects, stop
use and tell your doctor or pharmacist. They will tell
you what to do.

3. Further information

Here

• Aspirin.
• Ulipristal (morning after pill).
• Mycophenolate (an immunosuppressant medicine).
• Eltrombopag to treat low platelet counts.
• Polystyrene sulphonate resins.
• Erlotinib (a cancer medicine).

Epsom Salts may affect the action of these and other
medicines, allow 2 hours between taking Epsom Salts
and any other medicines (4 hours for eltrombopag
and erlotinib).

Pregnant or breastfeeding….

Epsom Salts should not be used in pregnancy or
breastfeeding.

If you accidentally take too much see a doctor
straight away. Take the pack with you to show
which medicine you have swallowed.
• Do not use after the expiry date. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
• Return any unused medicine to the pharmacy
for disposal.
The active ingredient is: magnesium sulphate
heptahydrate 100%. There are no other
ingredients.
What the medicine looks like
Epsom Salts are white granules which are
supplied in 300g packs.
This label was revised in July 2011

BN, MAN & EXP printed here
5 011309 400519

IMPORTANT: Peel this label
at corner and read BEFORE
use. Do not tear off, re-fix for
future use.

Relieves occasional constipation. Also relieves
the pain from sprains, bruises and boils.
Take by mouth for constipation:
Adults, the elderly and children over 12 years:
• Take 1 to 3 x 5ml spoonfuls (5-15g)
dissolved in 250ml of water as required.
• The solution may be flavoured with
fruit juice.
Do not give internally to children under 12
years old.
For external use:
Adults, the elderly and children:
• Dissolve 1 tablespoonful in a small
cup of warm water.
• Apply to the affected skin with
cotton wool or lint.

1. Before you use this medicine
internally

Do not take the medicine if you have….
• An allergy to magnesium sulphate.
• Any stomach or intestine problems other than
occasional constipation.

• Kidney problems.
• Severe stomach pain.
• Or give to children with tapeworm or
threadworms.

Precautions for use
• Do not use for long periods.
• Make sure enough water is used to avoid
dehydration.

• Use with caution if elderly or weakened.
• If symptoms persist for more than 7 days ask
your doctor for advice.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you
are taking….

• Muscle relaxants e.g. tubocurarine.

2. Possible side effects

Peel
Peel where shown for further
precautions.

Active ingredient: magnesium
sulphate heptahydrate 100%.
Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original package.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.

Peel where shown for further
information.

Manufactured by the licence holder
L.C.M. Ltd., Huddersfield, HD7 5QH, UK
for Thornton and Ross Ltd.,
Huddersfield, HD7 5QH, UK.
PL 12965/0023
24165002

300g

• ACE inhibitors for high blood pressure.
• Medicines for bacterial, fungal or viral infections

(e.g. tetracyclines, methenamine, quinolones,
rifampicin, azithromycin, atazanavir, tipranavir,
itraconazole, ketoconazole).
• Medicines to prevent blood clotting
(e.g.dipyridamole)
• Medicines for mental illness (e.g.phenothiazines,
sulpiride).
• Gabapentin or phenytoin (for epilepsy).
• Chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine to prevent or
treat malaria.
• Bisphosphonates for osteoporosis.
• Fexofenadine (an antihistamine).
• Deflazacort (a corticosteroid).
• Lansoprazole (for a stomach ulcer).
• Rosuvastatin (for high cholesterol).
• Levothyroxine (for thyroid problems).
• Penicillamine (for rheumatoid arthritis).
• Digoxin (for heart failure).

Like all medicines, Epsom Salts can have side
effects, although these don’t affect everyone.
Possible side effects are:
• Upset stomach.
• Watery diarrhoea.
• Colic.
• Blocked bowel.
Prolonged use is not recommended and may cause
an excess of magnesium in the blood leading to
other side effects.
If you notice these or any other side effects, stop
use and tell your doctor or pharmacist. They will tell
you what to do.

3. Further information

Here

• Aspirin.
• Ulipristal (morning after pill).
• Mycophenolate (an immunosuppressant medicine).
• Eltrombopag to treat low platelet counts.
• Polystyrene sulphonate resins.
• Erlotinib (a cancer medicine).

Epsom Salts may affect the action of these and other
medicines, allow 2 hours between taking Epsom Salts
and any other medicines (4 hours for eltrombopag
and erlotinib).

Pregnant or breastfeeding….

Epsom Salts should not be used in pregnancy or
breastfeeding.

If you accidentally take too much see a doctor
straight away. Take the pack with you to show
which medicine you have swallowed.
• Do not use after the expiry date. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
• Return any unused medicine to the pharmacy
for disposal.
The active ingredient is: magnesium sulphate
heptahydrate 100%. There are no other
ingredients.
What the medicine looks like
Epsom Salts are white granules which are
supplied in 300g packs.
This label was revised in July 2011

BN, MAN & EXP printed here
5 011309 400519

IMPORTANT: Peel this label
at corner and read BEFORE
use. Do not tear off, re-fix for
future use.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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