What causes magnesium overdose?

Your body naturally removes excess magnesium when the kidneys are functioning normally. A magnesium overdose generally occurs when magnesium is ingested in large quantities in the form of a supplement. It is very rare to experience a magnesium overdose by consuming foods that have naturally occurring magnesium in them.

What are the risk factors for magnesium overdose?

A number of factors increase the risk of developing magnesium overdose. Not all people with risk factors will get magnesium overdose. Risk factors for magnesium overdose include:

  • Certain kidney diseases
  • Excess magnesium ingestion

Reducing your risk of magnesium overdose

Always consult with your health care provider before taking any form of magnesium-based supplements or medications. You may be able to lower your risk of magnesium overdose by:

  • Avoiding magnesium-based antacids, particularly if you have kidney disease
  • Avoiding magnesium-based laxatives, particularly if you have kidney disease
  • Following the recommended dosages for magnesium supplements

What is magnesium overdose?

Magnesium overdose is an excess of magnesium in the body. Magnesium is an essential mineral that helps muscles function and maintain energy. In the absence of kidney disease, your body naturally removes excess magnesium. A magnesium overdose, also called magnesium toxicity or hypermagnesemia, generally occurs when ma... Read more about magnesium overdoseintroduction


What are the symptoms of magnesium overdose?

A mild magnesium overdose is usually accompanied by temporary diarrhea and nausea. Moderate or severe magnesium overdose can be serious and possibly life threatening.

Symptoms of magnesium overdose

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How is magnesium overdose treated?

Treatment for magnesium overdose will vary depending on the severity of the overdose. In an emergency setting, magnesium overdose treatment may include:

  • Artificial breathing support
  • Injection of calcium gluconate or calcium chloride
  • Intravenous fluids
  • Renal dialysis
  • Stomach pumping (gastric lavage)
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 6, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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