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Generic Name: Magnesium oxide [mag-NEE-see-um-OCK-side].
Names of Brands: Mag-Ox 400, Phillips’ Cramp-Free, Uro-Mag MagGel.
Classification of Drugs: Minerals and electrolytes.

What is MagGel?

Magnesium is a naturally occurring mineral. Magnesium is essential for a variety of organs and systems in the body, particularly the nerves and muscles. MagGel is utilized as a supplement to ensure adequate magnesium levels within the body. MagGel can also be utilized as an antacid in order to treat indigestion or as a laxative to help relieve some constipation. MagGel can also be used to treat conditions that are not covered in this guide. It is believed that the MagGel brand name has been taken off the market in the U.S. If the product is available in generic form and has been approved by the FDA, it is possible that there are alternatives that are generic.

Side effects of  MagGel

Contact a medical professional immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms that are warning signs of an allergic response, like hives, trouble breathing, and swelling of your lips, face, and tongue. MagGel may cause serious side effects. Stop taking MagGel and consult your physician immediately if you suffer from:

  • Bleeding in the rectal area.
  • Vomit or bloody vomit that resembles coffee grounds.
  • Bloody or tarry stool.
  • No bowel movements after using MagGel as an effective laxative.

Common adverse effects of MagGel could include:

  • Diarrhea.
  • Upset stomach.

This isn't an exhaustive list of all the side effects. Other side effects could occur. Contact your physician to seek medical advice on adverse effects. You can report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Before taking MagGel, consult your physician about any medical issues or allergies, as well as any medications you take. Also, ensure that your doctor is aware that you are breastfeeding or pregnant. In certain situations, there is a chance that you won't be in a position to take this medication or require an adjustment in dosage or other precautions.

Before you take this drug

You shouldn't use MagGel if you have an allergy to it. Consult a pharmacist or doctor to determine if it's appropriate for you to use MagGel when you suffer from other medical conditions, including:

  • Kidney disease.
  • Coronary disease.
  • Nausea, vomiting.
  • A blockage within your intestines.
  • The calcium levels are low in your blood.
  • A sudden change in bowel patterns for a period of 2 weeks or more.

It isn't known if MagGel could harm an unborn baby. Consult a physician before using this medicine if you are pregnant. It is unclear if magnesium oxide gets into breast milk or if it affects the nursing infant. You should consult a physician prior to taking this medication if you are nursing. Don't give the medication to an infant without medical guidance. MagGel shouldn't be given to children younger than six years old.

How to take MagGel?

Take it exactly as indicated on the label or as directed by your physician. Avoid using in greater quantities, in smaller quantities, or for a longer time than is recommended. Drink this medicine by drinking a bottle of water. When taking this medicine for laxatives, it could be beneficial to take it before bedtime. MagGel can be taken alongside food if it upsets your stomach. Consult your doctor if symptoms don't improve after seven days of treatment or if they become more severe. Maintain at room temperature, away from heat and moisture.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Because MagGel is often used in emergencies, you might not be on a regular dosing schedule. If you're following a routine, you should take the dose you missed as soon as you can remember. If the next dose is approaching, do not take any missed doses. Take no additional medication to compensate for the missed dosage.

What happens if I overdose?

For medical emergencies, seek emergency medical attention or contact the Poison Help line toll-free at 1-800-222-1222. The symptoms of an overdose could include vomiting, nausea, weakness, and breathing problems. Slow reflexes, a faint pulse, extreme tiredness, and feeling lightheaded or dizzy

What should be avoided?

MagGel may make it difficult for the body's system to absorb other medications that you consume by mouth. Be sure to avoid taking any other medication for 2 hours prior to or after taking this medication. It is possible that you will need to wait up to 4 hours before you start taking other medications following the use of this medication. Discuss with your doctor the best plan for your medication.

Interaction with other drugs

Consult a physician or pharmacist to determine if it's safe to take MagGel if you're also taking any of the following medications:

  • An antibiotic.
  • Diuretic or "water pill".
  • A blood thinner -- warfarin, Coumadin, or Jantoven.
  • Alendronate, ibandronate, risedronate, Fosamax, Boniva, Actonel, and other osteoporosis or Paget's disease medications.
  • Penicillamine.

This list isn't exhaustive. Other medications may be incompatible with magnesium oxide, which includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal remedies. The interactions of all potential drugs are included in this medication guideline.