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magnesium chloride (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking magnesium chloride (Mag 64, Mag-Delay, Mag-SR, Slow-Mag)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

  • kidney disease;
  • a stomach ulcer or disorder; or
  • if you are dehydrated.

Before taking magnesium chloride, tell your doctor if you have any other medical conditions or any type of allergy.

It is not known whether magnesium chloride is harmful to an unborn baby. Your dose needs may be different during pregnancy. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether magnesium chloride passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Your dose needs may be different while you are nursing. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take magnesium chloride (Mag 64, Mag-Delay, Mag-SR, Slow-Mag)?

Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take this medication with a full glass of water.

Magnesium chloride should be taken with food if it upsets your stomach or causes diarrhea. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow the pill whole. Breaking the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.

It is important to use magnesium chloride regularly to get the most benefit. Try to take your dose(s) at the same time each day.

Magnesium chloride is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also includes a special diet. It is very important to follow the diet plan created for you by your doctor or nutrition counselor. You should become very familiar with the list of foods you should eat to help control your condition.

To be sure this medication is helping your condition and not causing harmful effects, your blood may need to be tested on a regular basis. Your kidney function may also need to be tested. Do not miss any follow-up visits to your doctor.

Store magnesium chloride at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

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