How to Treat Magnesium Poisoning

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When people discuss overdoses, magnesium isn't one of the more commonly thought-of culprits, but it is possible and it's a potentially dangerous condition. Here is how to treat a case of magnesium poisoning.

  • Learn how to identify a magnesium overdose so you can treat it. Muscles will feel weak and you'll experience a general decline in strength, including slower reflexes. Feelings of drowsiness will plague someone with too much magnesium in their system. They will also have low blood pressure, shallow breathing and they may appear unaware with a lack of concentration.

  • Know that common over-the-counter drugs like laxatives and antacids are high in magnesium. Going over the recommended dosage amount in a 24-hour period can be a cause of magnesium overdose or poisoning that you will need to treat.

  • Stop taking any over the counter drugs, supplements or vitamin-enhanced foods if any of the symptoms of magnesium poisoning are present.

  • Seek medical attention so a doctor can run the appropriate tests and determine the exact level of magnesium in the system for proper treatment. They may provide a calcium gluconate injection or administer dextrose and insulin. You can only administer these treatments for magnesium overdose under a doctor's supervision.

  • Ask about any underlying causes for high magnesium levels in the body. In very few cases, magnesium overdoses are a result of renal failure. Although there are other causes for kidneys to fail, it's likely that the doctor will need additional tests to verify that the kidneys are healthy.

  • Stop administering enemas at home and try to recall how many the patient took and at what time intervals. Enemas are also causes of magnesium poisoning or overdose. Notify your doctor of anything self-administered in the week prior to poisoning, including all enemas, and follow any prescribed treatment plan.

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