Are You Taking Prescribed Drugs When All You May Need is Magnesium?

Are You Taking Prescribed Drugs When All You May Need is Magnesium?

Every organ in the body -- especially the heart, muscles, and kidneys -- needs the mineral magnesium. It also contributes to the makeup of teeth and bones. Most important, it activates enzymes, contributes to energy production, and helps regulate calcium levels, as well as copper, zinc, potassium, vitamin D, and other important nutrients in the body.

What you need to know about magnesium deficiency

Loss of appetite, cramps, dry mouth, high blood pressure, nausea, fatigue -- the initial symptoms of magnesium deficiency are also common side effects of other health conditions, making it difficult to diagnose.

While initially symptoms can be minor, magnesium deficiency may eventually cause noticeable problems with your muscle and nerve function such as tingling, cramping, numbness and contractions (like that annoying eye twitch you just can't shake).
In its worst stages, magnesium deficiency could even cause seizures, personality changes, or abnormal heart rhythms.

Magnesium Metabolism and its Disorders ;
"Hypomagnesemia is probably the most underdiagnosed electrolyte deficiency in current medical practice. Patients with cardiovascular disease who are at greatest risk for the development of magnesium deficiency are those treated with diuretics or digitalis."

Diabetes Is the Main Factor Accounting for Hypomagnesemia in Obese Subjects

Low Serum Magnesium and the Development of Atrial Fibrillation in the Community: The Framingham Heart Study

Magnesium deficiency accelerates cellular senescence [Aging] in cultured human fibroblasts

Physicians Rx Cause of Hypomagnesia

What Drugs Deplete Your Body of Magnesium?
Acid Blockers
Cimetidine (Tagamet)
Esomeprazole (Nexium)
Famotidine (Pepcid and Pepcid Complete)
Nizatidine (Axid)
Omeprazole (Prilosec OTC)
Pantoprazole (Protonix)
Ranitidine (Zantac)
Rabeprazole (Aciphex)

Aluminum and magnesium hydroxide (Maalox, Mylanta)
Aluminum carbonate gel (Basaljel)
Aluminum hydroxide (Amphojel, AlternaGEL)
Calcium carbonate (Tums, Titralac, Rolaids)
Magnesium hydroxide (Phillips’ Milk of Magnesia)
Sodium bicarbonate (Alka-Seltzer, baking soda)

Antibiotics (a few examples)
Amoxicillin (Amoxil)
Azithromycin (Z-Pak)
Cefaclor (Ceclor)
Cefdinir (Omnicef)
Cephalexin (Keflex)
Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)
Clarithromycin (Biaxin)
Doxycycline (Doryx)
Erythromycin (E.E.S.)
Levofloxacin (Levaquin)
Minocycline (Minocin)
Sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim (Bactrim, Septra)
Tetracycline (Sumycin)

Antiviral Agents
Delavirdine (Rescriptor)
Foscarnet (Foscavir)
Lamivudine (Epivir)
Nevirapine (Viramune)
Zidovudine, AZT (Retrovir)
Zidovudine and Lamivudine (Combivir)

Blood Pressure Drugs
Hydralazine (Apresoline)

ACE inhibitors
Enalapril and HCTZ (Vaseretic)
Angiotensin II receptor blockers:
Valsartan and HCTZ (Diovan HCT)

Bumetanide (Bumex)
Ethacrynic acid (Edecrin)
Furosemide (Lasix)
Torsemide (Demadex)

thiazide (and any combination drug that contains HCTZ or hydrochlorothiazide—dozens of drugs contain this)
Candesartan and HCTZ (Atacand HCT)
Chlorothiazide (Diuril)
Chlorthalidone (Hygroton)
Hydrochlorothiazide or HCTZ (Hydrodiuril)
Methyclothiazide (Enduron)
Metolazone (Zaroxolyn)

Diuretics, potassium-sparing
Possibly the potassium-sparing diuretics, however this is not conclusive

Diuretics, sulfonamide
Indapamide (Lozol)
Cardiac Glycoside
Digoxin (Digitek, Lanoxicaps, Lanoxin)

Central Nervous System (CNS) Stimulants
Methylphenidate (Metadate, Ritalin)

Cholesterol Agents
Cholestyramine (Questran)
Colestipol (Colestid)

Betamethasone (Diprolene, Luxiq)
Dexamethasone (Decadron)
Hydrocortisone (Cortef)
Methylprednisolone (Medrol)
Mometasone (Elocon)
Prednisolone (Pediapred Liquid)
Prednisone (Deltasone, Liquid Pred, Sterapred)
Triamcinolone (Aristocort cream)

Inhaled corticosteroids
Flunisolide (Nasarel, Nasalide)
Futicasone (Flonase)
Triamcinolone (Azmacort inhaler)

Hormone Replacement Therapy/Oral Contraceptives
Diethylstilbestrol (DES)
Estradiol (Activella, Climara, Combipatch, Estrace, Estraderm, Estring, EstroGel, Femring, Menostar, and many others)
Estrogen-containing drugs (hormone replacement therapy and birth control)
Estrogens, conjugated (Premphase, Prempro)
Estrogens, esterified (Estratab)
Estropipate (Ogen)
Ethinyl estradiol (found in many birth control pills)
Levonorgstrel (found in many birth control pills)

Cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral)
Tacrolimus (Prograf)

Nonsteroidal Aromatase Inhibitors for breast cancer
Anastrozole (Arimidex)

Raloxifene (Evista)

SERMs (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators—used for breast cancer)
Raloxifene (Evista)
Tamoxifen (Nolvadex)
Toremifene (Fareston)


Sulfa antibiotics

Patient-Induced hypomagnesia
Calcium supplementation (prolonged or in excess)

Tobacco marijuana smoking
Estrogen dominance
High cortisol levels
High-sugar diet (glucose, fructose, sucrose)
Mineral oil

Malabsorption inherited or acquired

(celiac or Crohn’s disease, pancreatitis, crash dieting, anorexia) 

Headaches? Stress?

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Comment by Minister Mike on April 10, 2015 at 8:30pm

"Symptoms of magnesium deficiency may include agitation and anxiety, restless leg syndrome (RLS), sleep disorders, irritability, nausea and vomiting, abnormal heart rhythms, low blood pressure, confusion, muscle spasm and weakness, hyperventilation, insomnia, poor nail growth, and even seizures."

Source: Magnesium | University of Maryland Medical Center
University of Maryland Medical Center

Comment by Minister Mike on April 10, 2015 at 8:23pm

"Even a mild deficiency of magnesium can cause increased sensitivity to noise, nervousness, irritability, mental depression, confusion, twitching, trembling, apprehension, and insomnia."

Magnesium in Neurological Diseases and Emotions

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