Phillips' Cramp-free Side Effects
Generic name: magnesium oxide
Note: This document contains side effect information about magnesium oxide. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Phillips' Cramp-free.
For the Consumer
Applies to magnesium oxide: oral capsule, oral tablet
Before you take magnesium oxide, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions or allergies, and all the medicines you are using. Also make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. In some cases, you may not be able to take magnesium oxide, or you may need a dose adjustment or special precautions.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using magnesium oxide (the active ingredient contained in Phillips' Cramp-free) and call your doctor at once if you have:
coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds;
bloody or tarry stools; or
no bowel movement after using magnesium oxide as a laxative.
Common side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to magnesium oxide: compounding powder, oral capsule, oral tablet
Magnesium toxicity symptoms may include: hypotension, nausea, vomiting, facial flushing, urine retention, ileus, depression, lethargy, muscle weakness, respiratory depression, arrhythmia, cardiac arrest, coma, and death.[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramping[Ref]
More about Phillips' Cramp-free (magnesium oxide)
- During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding
- Dosage Information
- Drug Interactions
- En Español
- Drug class: minerals and electrolytes
Related treatment guides
1. National Institutes of Health (NIH) "Magnesium: fact sheet for health professionals. Available from: URL: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/" ([2016, Feb 11]):
2. Guerrera MP, Volpe SL, Mao JJ "Therapeutic uses of magnesium." Am Fam Physician 80 (2009): 157-62
Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.