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Hypomagnesemia

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Hypomagnesemia is a condition that develops when the level of magnesium in your body is too low. Magnesium is a mineral that is responsible for bone strength, and muscle and nerve function.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Prevention:

  • Manage health conditions by following the treatment plan your caregivers have for you. Health conditions such as congestive heart failure, diabetes, and chronic diarrhea can put you at risk for hypomagnesemia.
  • Eat foods high in magnesium , such as dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and legumes (beans, soy, and lentils).
  • Limit alcohol , because alcohol can prevent your body from absorbing magnesium. Alcohol also makes your body release large amounts of magnesium through your urine. Women should limit alcohol to 1 drink a day. Men should limit alcohol to 2 drinks a day. A drink of alcohol is 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1½ ounces of liquor.
  • You may need to take a magnesium supplement. Ask your primary healthcare provider which supplement to take and how often to take it.

Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or specialist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your primary healthcare provider if:

  • You have fatigue and muscle tremors or twitching.
  • You become irritable and have trouble sleeping.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have numbness and tingling in your arms or legs.
  • You have painful muscle spasms and tremors in your arms or legs.
  • You are not able to move your muscles, and you have trouble thinking clearly.
  • Your heartbeat is faster than normal for you, or is irregular.
  • You have a seizure.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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