- What other names is Magnesium known by?
- What is Magnesium?
- How does Magnesium work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Magnesium.
- Preventing and treating magnesium deficiency, and certain conditions related to magnesium deficiency.
- Use as a laxative for constipation or preparation of the bowel for surgical or diagnostic procedures.
- Dyspepsia (heartburn or "sour stomach") as an antacid.
Likely Effective for...
- Conditions that occur during pregnancy called pre-eclampsia or eclampsia.
- A type of irregular heartbeat called torsades de pointes.
Possibly Effective for...
- Cluster headaches.
- Migraine headaches.
- Asthma attacks, when given intravenously.
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
- Weakened bones (osteoporosis).
- Preventing type 2 diabetes in overweight, middle-aged women, when magnesium is obtained from foods. More evidence is needed to know if magnesium helps treat diabetes.
- Pregnancy-related leg cramps.
- Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia).
- Diseases of heart valves (mitral valve prolapse).
- High cholesterol.
- Chest pain due to artery disease.
- Kidney stones.
- Hearing loss in people exposed to loud noise.
- Fibromyalgia pain, when used with malic acid.
- Metabolic syndrome (a condition that increases risk for diabetes and heart disease).
- Nerve pain caused by cancer.
- Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
- Pain after a hysterectomy.
- Decreasing the risk of stroke.
- A lung disease called Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Possibly Ineffective for...
- Helping to restart the heart.
- Improving energy and endurance during athletic activity.
- Cerebral palsy, when given in the vein of premature infants.
- Heart attack.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), hayfever, anxiety, restless leg syndrome, high blood pressure (hypertension), Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), premature labor, and other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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