Magnesium: Intravenous magnesium has been reported to reduce the incidence of atrial fibrillation and cardiac arrhythmia. However, it was not found to affect the length of hospitalization, incidence of myocardial infarction, or mortality.
Use cautiously in patients with bleeding disorders or in those taking anticoagulants or antiplatelet agents. Use cautiously in patients taking antidiabetic or antihypertensive agents. Use cautiously when magnesium sulfate is used topically for prolonged periods or repeatedly. Use cautiously with antibiotics. Use intravenous magnesium sulfate with extreme caution in patients with eclampsia. Avoid in patients with atrioventricular heart block. Avoid in patients with renal failure or severe renal disease. Avoid intravenous magnesium in women with toxemia during the first few hours of labor.
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