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Health Tip: Laxatives Have Side Effects

Posted 8 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Laxatives can have unpleasant side effects, especially when overused. The American Academy of Family Physicians says possible problems associated with laxative use include: Abdominal cramps or nausea. Gas, diarrhea or bloating. Electrolyte imbalance, which can affect the muscles, nerves and organs. Those most at risk include children and people with kidney disease or diabetes. Muscle weakness or muscle spasms. Fatigue, confusion, headache or vomiting. Read more

Related support groups: Peri-DS, Constipation, MiraLax, Dulcolax, Magnesium Citrate, Constipation - Chronic, Lactulose, Suprep, Polyethylene Glycol 3350, Metamucil, Milk of Magnesia, Bisacodyl, Fleet Enema, Epsom Salt, MoviPrep, Constipation - Acute, Senokot, Colace, Senna, Constipation - Drug Induced

FDA Medwatch Alert: Magnesium Sulfate in Water for Injection by Hospira: Recall - Incorrect Barcode Labeling on the Primary Container

Posted 7 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Hospira, Inc. announced a voluntary recall of one lot of MAGNESIUM SULFATE IN WATER FOR INJECTION (0.325 mEq Mg**/mL) 40 mg/mL 2g total, 50 mL (NDC: 0409-6729-24, Lot 53-113-JT, Expiry 1NOV2016) to the user level due to a confirmed customer report of an incorrect barcode on the primary bag labeling. The product has a barcode identifying the product contents on both the overwrap and on the primary container. The barcode on the overwrap is correct; however, there is potential for the primary container barcode to be mislabeled with the barcode for HEPARIN SODIUM 2000 USP UNITS/1000 mL in 0.9% SODIUM CHLORIDE INJECTION. The product is labeled with the correct printed name on the primary container and overwrap. See the Press Release for product photos. If the incorrect barcode on Magnesium Sulfate in Water for Injection is not detected prior to dispensing or administration to a ... Read more

Related support groups: Seizures, Epsom Salt, Magnesium Sulfate, Sulfamag

U.S. Kids Not Drinking Enough Water Each Day

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – Many American children and teens aren't consuming enough liquids – especially water – and that lack of hydration could affect their physical and mental health, a new study suggests. The findings "highlight a potential health issue that has not been given a whole lot of attention in the past," study author Erica Kenney, a postdoctoral research fellow in social and behavioral sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health, said in a Harvard news release. "Even though for most of these kids this is not an immediate, dramatic health threat, this is an issue that could really be reducing quality of life and well-being for many, many children and youth," she added. One expert in child health agreed. "Children – due to their slower acclimation to heat and greater surface area than adults – can be more susceptible to dehydration than adults," said Nancy ... Read more

Related support groups: Iodine, Tums, Magnesium Oxide, Epsom Salt, Klor-Con, Caltrate, Potassium Chloride, Dehydration, Copper, Sodium Chloride, Tri-K, Chromium Picolinate, Electrolyte, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Citrate, Zinc, Iodides, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citracal, Potassium Gluconate

Health Tip: Avoiding Leg Cramps

Posted 20 May 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Painful leg cramps can happen to anyone, but tend to be common among seniors. The AARP recommends: Gently stretch and flex the leg to ease a cramp. Ask your doctor if a medication, such as a statin or diuretic, could be causing your leg cramps. Make sure your electrolyte levels are normal. Below-normal levels of potassium, magnesium or calcium could trigger leg cramps. Drink plenty of fluids. Make sure the covers aren't too tight on your bed. Choose shoes with proper arch support. Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Magnesium Sulfate in 5 Percent Dextrose Injection by Hospira: Recall - Incorrect Barcode Labeling

Posted 9 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Hospira announced a voluntary recall of one lot of Magnesium Sulfate in 5% Dextrose, Inj., USP, 10 mg/mL (NDC: 0409-6727-23, Lot 42-120-JT, Expiry 1DEC2015) to the user level due to confirmed customer reports of an incorrect barcode on the primary bag labeling. The barcode on the overwrap is correct; however, there is potential for the primary container barcode to be mislabeled with the barcode for Heparin Sodium 2000 USP units/1000 mL in 0.9% Sodium Chloride Inj. The product is labeled with the correct printed name on the primary container and overwrap. If the incorrect barcode on Magnesium Sulfate in 5% Dextrose, Inj., USP, 10 mg/ mL is not detected prior to dispensing or administration to a patient, and the product is administered based on the printed name, patient harm is unlikely since the barcode on the overwrap and readable text on the primary container and overwrap are ... Read more

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Laxative Type Might Influence Colon Cancer Risk, Study Finds

Posted 8 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 – A new study suggests that the type of laxative a person takes might be a factor in their odds for colon cancer. The research indicates that fiber-based laxatives are associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer, while non-fiber laxatives are linked with a higher risk. The study could only show an association between laxative types and colon cancer risk, it could not prove cause-and-effect, and experts stress that more study is needed. Still, the researchers believe the findings are important because about 20 percent of Americans use laxatives. According to a team led by Jessica Citronberg, a predoctoral fellow at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, non-fiber laxatives are the most widely used in the United States and work by forcing the colon to contract. On the other hand, fiber-based laxatives boost the water content and bulk of the stool ... Read more

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Researchers Don't See Long-Term Benefits From Drug for Preemies

Posted 16 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 – Although magnesium sulfate is routinely given to pregnant women at risk for very preterm delivery, new research suggests it won't provide any long-term benefits for infants. After analyzing the effects of magnesium sulfate given to pregnant women, researchers in Australia found it had no benefit on brain, behavioral, growth or functional outcomes among those children when they were assessed at between 6 and 11 years old. The new findings don't negate the fact that the drug is helpful in preventing cerebral palsy in infants, the researchers pointed out in the study, published in the Sept. 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Infants born before the 28th week of pregnancy are at greater risk for long-term neurological problems than full-term babies, according to a journal news release. Magnesium sulfate is used to protect the brains of ... Read more

Related support groups: Epsom Salt, Premature Labor, Magnesium Sulfate, Sulfamag

Epilepsy Drugs in Pregnancy May Affect Infants' Fine Motor Skills

Posted 25 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25 – Young children exposed to epilepsy drugs in the womb are at increased risk of having impaired fine motor skills, according to a new study. Exposure to the drugs in breast milk, however, does not appear to pose a threat. Researchers looked at data collected from Norwegian mothers about their children's language, behavior, and motor and social skills at the ages of 6 months, 18 months and 36 months. The women also provided information on breast-feeding during the first year for the study, which was published online Sept. 23 in the journal JAMA Neurology. Of the children in the study, 223 were exposed to one or more epilepsy drugs in the womb. At age 6 months, 11.5 percent of infants whose mothers took epilepsy drugs during pregnancy had impaired fine motor skills (which involve small muscle movements) compared with less than 5 percent of those who were not exposed ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Magnesium Sulfate: Drug Safety Communication - Recommendation Against Prolonged Use in Pre-term Labor

Posted 3 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA is advising health care professionals against using magnesium sulfate injection for more than 5-7 days to stop pre-term labor in pregnant women. Administration of magnesium sulfate injection to pregnant women longer than 5-7 days may lead to low calcium levels and bone problems in the developing baby or fetus, including thin bones (osteopenia), and fractures. The shortest duration of treatment that can result in harm to the baby is not known. See the Data Summary in the Drug Safety Communication for additional information. BACKGROUND: This use of the drug is off-label, and is not an FDA-approved use of the drug. Magnesium sulfate is approved to prevent seizures in preeclampsia, a condition in which the pregnant woman develops high blood pressure and protein in the urine, and for control of seizures in eclampsia. Both preeclampsia and eclampsia are life-threatening ... Read more

Related support groups: Epsom Salt, Premature Labor, Magnesium Sulfate, Sulfamag

Magnesium Sulfate: Drug Safety Communication - Recommendation Against Prolonged Use in Pre-term Labor

Posted 31 May 2013 by Drugs.com

AUDIENCE: OB/GYN, Nursing, Risk Manager ISSUE: FDA is advising health care professionals against using magnesium sulfate injection for more than 5-7 days to stop pre-term labor in pregnant women. Administration of magnesium sulfate injection to pregnant women longer than 5-7 days may lead to low calcium levels and bone problems in the developing baby or fetus, including thin bones (osteopenia), and fractures. The shortest duration of treatment that can result in harm to the baby is not known. See the Data Summary in the Drug Safety Communication for additional information. BACKGROUND: This use of the drug is off-label, and is not an FDA-approved use of the drug. Magnesium sulfate is approved to prevent seizures in preeclampsia, a condition in which the pregnant woman develops high blood pressure and protein in the urine, and for control of seizures in eclampsia. Both ... Read more

Related support groups: Epsom Salt, Premature Labor, Magnesium Sulfate, Sulfamag

FDA Medwatch Alert: Magnesium Sulfate Injection by Fresenius Kabi USA: Recall - Glass Particles in Vials

Posted 29 May 2013 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Fresenius Kabi USA notified health professionals of a voluntary recall of one lot – Lot 6103882 – of Magnesium Sulfate Injection, USP due to the potential presence of glass particles in the vials. The recalled product is labeled with Product Code 6450 and packaged as 500mg/mL strength in 50mL glass vials (25 vials per tray). The product was shipped in the United States between May 30, 2012 and June 6, 2012 and has an expiration date of October 31, 2014. The administration of glass particulate, if present in a parenteral drug, can lead to sequelae of thromboembolism, some life-threatening (such as pulmonary emboli); phlebitis, mechanical block of the capillaries or arterioles; activation of platelets; and subsequent generation of microthrombi. Patients with preexisting condition of trauma or other medical condition that adversely affects the microvascular blood supply are at an inc ... Read more

Related support groups: Epsom Salt, Magnesium Sulfate, Hypomagnesemia, Sulfamag

FDA Medwatch Alert: Med Prep Consulting Inc. Compounded Products: Recall - Potential Mold Contamination

Posted 19 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Med Prep Consulting, Inc. notified the public that it is recalling all lots of all products compounded at its facility, due to lack of sterility assurance. The level of recall is to the user: regional hospital pharmacies and related departments, and physician’s office practices. The recall resulted from the pharmacy being notified by a Connecticut hospital that it observed visible particulate contaminants in 50 ml bags of MAGNESIUM SULFATE 2GM IN DEXTROSE 5% IN WATER, 50ML FOR INJECTION intravenous solution, confirmed to be mold. These were unique and distinct lots compounded and dispensed by the pharmacy to the Connecticut hospital. At this time a total of five (5) contaminated bags were discovered. See the Med Prep Press Release for a list of affected products. Administration of an intravenous product found to be contaminated with mold could result in a fatal infection in a b ... Read more

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Constipation Treatments Not Equally Effective: Review

Posted 28 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 28 – Some treatments are more effective than others for relieving constipation in seniors, according to a new review. And laxatives aren't always enough, researchers say. Constipation is common in seniors and can have serious health consequences and affect quality of life. Excessive straining in frail elderly people can cause them to faint and put them at risk of injury or falling, or restrict blood flow to the heart and brain. Chronic constipation can lead to fecal impaction, a large lump of hard stool that remains stuck in the rectum. Fecal impaction can cause nausea, pain and loss of appetite. "Given the growing proportion of older adults in North America, effective management of constipation by health care professionals will be increasingly necessary," Dr. Dov Gandell, of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, and colleagues wrote in an article appearing Jan. 28 ... Read more

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Health Tip: Take Laxatives as Directed

Posted 17 May 2010 by Drugs.com

-- Laxatives are medications usually purchased over-the-counter to help treat constipation. The American Academy of Family Physicians says side effects are rare if laxatives are taken as their labels direct, but sometimes they can trigger: Diarrhea. Nausea. Cramps. Gas. Bloating. Read more

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