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Epsom Salt Side Effects

Generic Name: magnesium sulfate

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of magnesium sulfate. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Epsom Salt.

For the Consumer

Applies to magnesium sulfate: crystal, ointment, powder, powder for solution, powder for suspension

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by magnesium sulfate (the active ingredient contained in Epsom Salt). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking magnesium sulfate:

Incidence not known:
  • Confusion
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
  • low blood pressure
  • muscle weakness
  • skin infection after soaking
  • sleepiness

Minor Side Effects

Some of the side effects that can occur with magnesium sulfate may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

Incidence not known:
  • Diarrhea
  • skin irritation after soaking

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to magnesium sulfate: injectable solution, intravenous solution, oral and topical powder for reconstitution

Metabolic

Frequency not reported: Hypermagnesemia (signs include drowsiness, loss of reflexes, nausea, vomiting, flushing, thirst, hypotension, hypothermia, bradycardia, confusion, electrolyte and fluid abnormalities, slurred speech, muscle weakness, muscle paralysis, blurred or double vision, CNS depression, respiratory depression, respiratory paralysis, circulatory collapse, renal failure, coma, cardiac arrhythmias, cardiac arrest), hypocalcemia with tetany secondary to hypermagnesemia, alkalosis[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Frequency not reported: Colic, gastrointestinal irritation, watery diarrhea, paralytic ileus[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Frequency not reported: Hypersensitivity reactions[Ref]

Local

Frequency not reported: Irritation and pain at the injection site[Ref]

References

1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

2. "Product Information. Magnesium Sulfate (magnesium sulfate)." Abbott Pharmaceutical, Abbott Park, IL.

3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

Not all side effects for Epsom Salt may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

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