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magnesium lactate (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking magnesium lactate (Mag-Tab SR)?

If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication. Before you take magnesium lactate, tell your doctor if you have:

  • kidney disease; or
  • heart disease.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether magnesium lactate is harmful to an unborn baby. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

Magnesium lactate may pass into breast milk. Although it is not expected to cause harm to a nursing baby, do not use magnesium lactate without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take magnesium lactate (Mag-Tab SR)?

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.

Magnesium lactate is usually taken once every 12 hours. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Magnesium lactate should be taken with food to lessen the chance of diarrhea.

Avoid crushing, chewing, breaking, or sucking on an extended-release tablet. Swallow the pill whole. Breaking the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time. Talk with your doctor if you have trouble swallowing the pill.

Store magnesium lactate at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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