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What is magnesium sulfate?

Magnesium sulfate is a medical compound also known as Epsom salt. It has many uses and can be taken intravenously or intramuscularly, depending on your condition. Intravenous injections of magnesium sulfate are used to help delay premature labor or control seizures in pregnancy complications. Injections of magnesium sulfate can also be given to help with blood pressure issues, treat symptoms of encephalopathy, or to control pediatric seizures in children who develop acute nephritis - a condition characterized by the sudden inflammation of the kidneys. With seizures, this medication works by quieting nerve impulses to certain muscles to prevent seizures. In other regards, the drug helps to resupply the body with magnesium when a person has low magnesium due to illness, surgery, muscular overexertion, or other issues. Sometimes called mag sulfate, this drug can be administered orally as an immediate laxative and it can be applied topically to the body as an anti-inflammatory agent.

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