Epsom Salt [OTC]
- It is used to treat or prevent low magnesium levels.
- It is used to prevent and control seizures during pregnancy.
- It is used to treat hard stools (constipation).
- It is used to treat minor sprains or bruises.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
- If you have an allergy to magnesium or any other part of this drug.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have a heartbeat that is not normal.
- Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
- Have your blood work checked. Talk with your doctor.
- If you are on a low-magnesium diet, talk with your doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
- Do not use this drug for more than 1 week unless told to do so by your doctor.
- If you have rectal bleeding or you do not have a bowel movement after using this drug, talk with your doctor.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Feeling very tired or weak.
- Sweating a lot.
- Change in eyesight.
- Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
- Very bad flushing.
- Very bad itching.
- Very bad swelling.
- Muscle weakness.
- Not able to move.
- If seizures are worse or not the same after starting this drug.
- Very loose stools (diarrhea).
- Very upset stomach or throwing up.
- Black, tarry, or bloody stools.
- Irritation where the shot is given.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Upset stomach.
- Mix in 8 ounces of water.
- Lemon juice may be added to make it taste better.
- Take with a full glass of water.
- Mix powder with water.
- Soak a clean, white cloth with the solution.
- Put the cloth on the affected part.
- Soak affected part for 15 to 30 minutes.
- It is given as a shot into a muscle or vein.
- It is given into a vein for a period of time.
- Your doctor will give this drug.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
Oral and soaks:
- Many times this drug is used on an as needed basis. Do not use more often than told by the doctor.
- Call the doctor to find out what to do.
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- This drug will be given to you in a hospital or doctor’s office. You will not store it at home.
- Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
If you have any questions or concerns, talk with a member of your healthcare team. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at ____________________. After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, please call____________________. If there’s no number listed, or you’re not sure, call 212-639-2000.
Magnesium Sulfate©2016 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - Generated on February 11, 2016