Magnesium chloride, or magnesium, is a mineral that is important in maintaining the function of our nerves, cells, bones, muscles, and heart. Most people get enough magnesium in their normal diet, but sometimes supplementation is needed. Foods that are high in fiber generally contain high amounts of magnesium as well. Some of these foods include nuts, dark chocolate, avocados, fatty fish, seeds, and whole grains. Magnesium deficiency is most common in women, African Americans, and the elderly. Conditions, such as osteoporosis, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, diabetes, and stroke, have been linked to low blood levels of magnesium. Magnesium chloride is also used to treat high stomach acid in the body, resulting in stomach upset, heartburn, and acid indigestion. Other situations, such as alcoholism, poor diet, poorly controlled diabetes, or those taking diuretics also cause magnesium deficiency, requiring treatment.
Indications for magnesium chloride include magnesium deficiency, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, poor diet, alcoholism, stroke, arteriosclerosis, and acid indigestion.
- – Sweating
- – Stomach upset
- – Flushing
- – Respiratory depression
- – Significant drop in blood pressure
- – Hypothermia
- – Allergic reaction (rash, itching/swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing)
Dosage typically depends on a patient’s condition and need. Always follow your physician’s instructions when taking this drug.
Magnesium chloride is contraindicated in people with:
- – kidney disease or impairment
- – myasthenia gravis
- – a skeletal muscle disorder
- – low calcium blood levels
- – high magnesium blood levels
- – progressive muscle weakness with carcinoma
Magnesium chloride has many drugs it interacts with, which is why it is always important to speak with your doctor about what you are taking.
Some serious interactions include:
- – demeclocycline
- – doxycycline
- – tetracycline
Some moderate interactions include:
- – ciprofloxacin
- – moxifloxacin
- – ofloxacin
This information does not contain all drug interactions or side effects of magnesium chloride. Please be sure to speak with your doctor about any questions or concerns you have before taking this medication. Always be sure to bring a list of medications, herbal supplements, or other products you are taking when speaking with your healthcare provider.