How Much Is Too Much Magnesium Sulfate?
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I think I have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with constipation. I have been taking magnesium sulfate to see if that will help. I was wondering how much at a time is safe. What I have been taking is not working; can I keep upping the dose until it does?
Magnesium salts, including magnesium sulfate, magnesium citrate, and magnesium hydroxide, have long been popular in the treatment of constipation. They work mostly by an osmotic mechanism, meaning that the magnesium salt draws water out of the gut wall into the intestine, thereby softening the stool. By and large, these magnesium salts are very safe because the kidney can normally excrete any excess magnesium. The intestine also responds to high magnesium levels in the blood by absorbing less magnesium from the gut as a secondary backup mechanism. However, elderly patients or patients with kidney disease can't handle ingested magnesium as well, resulting in hypermagnesemia (too much magnesium in the blood). Side effects of high magnesium levels include nausea, vomiting, lethargy, low blood pressure, low pulse rate, difficulty breathing, and in extreme cases, coma and death. Even in younger patients with normal kidneys, magnesium sulfate should not be used at a dose of more than 10 gm per day or for more than one week without a doctor's supervision.
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