Generic Name: magnesium lactate (mag NEE zee um LAK tate)Brand Names: Mag-Tab SR
Magnesium lactate is a naturally occurring mineral that is needed in the body to support the function of the heart, nervous system, and digestive system.
Magnesium lactate is used as a mineral supplement to treat magnesium deficiency. It is also used to treat heartburn, indigestion, or stomach upset.
Magnesium lactate may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Before you take magnesium lactate, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease or heart disease.Magnesium lactate should be taken with food to lessen the chance of diarrhea. Do not take any other vitamin or mineral supplements that contain magnesium unless your doctor has told you to.
There may be other drugs that can interact with magnesium lactate. Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially sodium polystyrene sulfonate (Kayexalate, Kionex), or a tetracycline antibiotic.Get emergency medical help if you think you have used too much medicine, or if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking magnesium lactate?
If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication. Before you take magnesium lactate, tell your doctor if you have:
kidney disease; or
Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.
Magnesium lactate is usually taken once every 12 hours. Follow your doctor's instructions.Magnesium lactate should be taken with food to lessen the chance of diarrhea. Avoid crushing, chewing, breaking, or sucking on an extended-release tablet. Swallow the pill whole. Breaking the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time. Talk with your doctor if you have trouble swallowing the pill. Store magnesium lactate at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, blurred vision, slow heart rate, trouble breathing, feeling like you might pass out.
Less serious side effects may include:
bloating, gas; or
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Usual Adult Dose for Dietary Supplement:
1 to 2 caplets every 12 hours with food
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially:
sodium polystyrene sulfonate (Kayexalate, Kionex); or
a tetracycline antibiotic such as demeclocycline (Declomycin), doxycycline (Adoxa, Doryx, Oracea, Vibramycin), minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin, Solodyn, Vectrin), or tetracycline (Brodspec, Panmycin, Sumycin, Tetracap, Helidac).
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with magnesium lactate. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.