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Magnesium sulfate (MgSO4)

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What is the Generic Name for MgSO4?

Magnesium sulfate

What is the Trade Name for Magnesium sulfate?


What are the Indications of Magnesium sulfate (MgSO4)?

  • Treatment of hypomagnesaemia
  • Hypertension
  • Preterm labor
  • Torsade de pointes
  • Asthma
  • Anticonvulsant with eclampsia

What are the Actions of Magnesium sulfate (MgSO4)?

Magnesium plays a role in muscle excitability

What is the Therapeutic Class of Magnesium sulfate (MgSO4)?

Mineral and electrolyte replacements/supplements

What is the Pharmacologic Class of Magnesium sulfate (MgSO4)?


What are the Nursing Considerations of Magnesium sulfate (MgSO4)?

  • Use caution with renal insufficiency
  • May cause decreased respiratory rate, arrythmias, hypotension, muscle weakness
  • Monitor EKG and respiratory status
  • Monitor Mg levels
  • Ensure dosage with secondary practitioner
  • Calcium gluconate is the antidote
  • Magnesium toxicity results in respiratory depress and loss of deep tendon reflexes

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