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Magnesium sulfate / potassium sulfate / sodium sulfate Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to magnesium sulfate / potassium sulfate / sodium sulfate: oral powder for solution, oral solution

Along with its needed effects, magnesium sulfate/potassium sulfate/sodium sulfate may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking magnesium sulfate / potassium sulfate / sodium sulfate:

Rare

Incidence Not Known

  • Abdominal or stomach pain and tenderness
  • bloody stools
  • confusion
  • convulsions
  • decreased urination
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • fainting
  • increase in heart rate
  • lightheadedness
  • nausea
  • rapid breathing
  • rectal bleeding
  • sunken eyes
  • thirst
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting
  • wrinkled skin

Some side effects of magnesium sulfate / potassium sulfate / sodium sulfate may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More Common

  • Full or bloated feeling
  • pressure in the stomach
  • swelling of the abdominal or stomach area

Less Common

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to magnesium sulfate / potassium sulfate / sodium sulfate: oral liquid

Other

Other side effects have included overall discomfort (54%). Serum chemistry adverse reactions have included anion gap (high), bicarbonate (low), bilirubin total (high), BUN (high), calcium (high), chloride (high), creatinine (high), osmolality (high), osmolality (low), potassium (high), sodium (low), and uric acid (high).[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Gastrointestinal side effects have included abdominal distension (40%), abdominal pain (36%), nausea (36%), and vomiting (8%).[Ref]

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included headache (1.1%).[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Suprep Bowel Prep Kit (magnesium/potassium/sodium sulfates)." Braintree Laboratories, Braintree, MA.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

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