magnesium sulfate (injection)

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GENERIC NAME: magnesium sulfate

BRAND NAME: Chloromag

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Magnesium sulfate is a sterile solution of magnesium sulfate heptahydrate in water for injection. Magnesium sulfate prevents convulsions by blocking transmission between nerves and muscles. It also reduces the amount of t acetylcholine, a chemical that nerves use for communicating with other nerves and tissues.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Magnesium sulfate is prescribed for hypomagnesemia, seizures with pre-eclampsia or eclampsia, and abnormal heart rhythm, Torsades de Pointes.

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of magnesium sulfate are:

  • flushing,
  • sweating,
  • hypotension
  • (low blood pressure),
  • flaccid
  • paralysis,
  • lowered body temperature,
  • cardiac and central nervous system depression.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/19/2015



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