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Magnesium salicylate

Generic Name: Magnesium salicylate [mag-NEE-zee-um-sa-LIS-i-late].
The Brand Names are: Doans Pills Extra Strength, MST, Nuprin Backache, Magan, Mobidin, Doans Pills, and Bayer Select Backache Pain Formula.
Dosage Format: Oral tablet (467 mg (480 mg), 580 mg, 600 mg).
Class of Drugs: Salicylates.

What is Magnesium Salicylate?

Magnesium salicylate (MS) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID) in a class of medications known as salicylates (sa-LIS-il-ates). Magnesium salicylate can be used to offer temporary relief from back pain. Magnesium salicylate can also be used for reasons not mentioned in this medication guide.

Side effects of Magnesium salicylate

Seek medical attention immediately. If you notice symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction, such as a running nose, sneezing, or nasal congestion; wheezing or difficulty breathing; or hives, You may also experience swelling of your lips, face, and tongue. Magnesium salicylate could cause serious adverse side effects. Stop taking magnesium salicylate and consult your physician immediately if you suffer from:

  • New symptoms, such as swelling or redness.
  • Ringing in your ears; hearing loss.
  • You feel lightheaded, as if you've passed out.
  • A new or increased stomach pain.
  • Bloody or tarry stool that coughs up blood or vomit that resembles coffee grounds.

The less serious side effects could be more likely, and there may be no side effects whatsoever. This is not an exhaustive list of all the adverse effects. Others could happen. Consult your physician for advice regarding medical adverse effects. You can report any side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Similar or related drugs

aspirin, prednisone, acetaminophen, tramadol, naproxen, oxycodone, and tylenol


Magnesium salicylate may increase the risk of fatal cardiac attacks and strokes. Don't take this medication prior to or following the heart bypass surgery (coronary bypass graft for the artery, also known as CABG). Magnesium salicylate could also cause diarrhea or stomach bleeding, which could be fatal. Don't give this medication to a teenager or child suffering from flu, fever, or chickenpox symptoms.

Before you take this drug

Magnesium salicylate could increase the risk of fatal heart attacks or strokes even if you do not suffer from any of the risk factors. Don't take magnesium salicylate before or following a heart bypass procedure (coronary bypass graft for artery (CABG), CABG, or CABG). Magnesium salicylate can also trigger bleeding in the stomach or intestinal tract that can lead to fatal bleeding. These problems can develop in a matter of minutes when you are using magnesium salicylate, especially in older adults. It is not recommended to take this medication if you have an allergy to aspirin or any other salicylates. Talk to your doctor prior to giving the medicine to children less than 12 years old. Don't administer this medication to any teenager or child who has a fever, flu symptoms, or chickenpox. Salicylates can cause Reye's syndrome, which is a serious and sometimes fatal disease for children. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to determine if this medication is safe to use if you previously had:

  • Bleeding issues.
  • Heartburn, stomach ulcers, bleeding from the stomach.
  • Asthma.
  • The heart condition, high blood pressure.
  • The liver condition, cirrhosis, or if you consume more than 3 alcoholic drinks each day.
  • Kidney disease.
  • Arthritis, gout.
  • Diabetes.

Talk to your doctor before taking this medication if you are breastfeeding or pregnant.

If you are expecting, then you shouldn't take this medication unless your physician recommends it. Taking an NSAID in the final 20 weeks before the birth may result in serious kidney or heart issues in the baby who is not born and may cause complications during the pregnancy.

How to take Magnesium salicylate?

Follow the instructions on the label exactly or as recommended by your physician. Consume this medicine along with a cup of fluid. Consume with food if this medication causes stomach upset. Contact your physician if your symptoms become worse or if you are still experiencing discomfort within 10 days. Contact your doctor if you experience an illness that lasts more than three days or if there is any swelling or redness. If you require an operation or dental procedure, inform the dentist or surgeon beforehand that you're using magnesium salicylate. It is possible that you will need to stop using the drug for a short period of time. Keep at room temperature, away from heat and moisture.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Because magnesium salicylate is only utilized when it is needed, it is possible that you are not on a prescribed schedule. Do not miss any doses when it's time to take your next dose. Don't take two doses at once.

What happens if I overdose?

Get medical attention immediately or contact the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. A high dose of magnesium salicylate may cause death.

What should be avoided

Avoid alcohol. Drinking heavily can increase the chance of bleeding from your stomach. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking other medicines to treat discomfort, swelling, fever, and swelling, as well as cold or flu symptoms. They could contain ingredients that are similar to magnesium salicylate (such as aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, aspirin, and naproxen).

Interaction with other drugs

Consult a physician or pharmacist if it's appropriate to use magnesium salicylate when you also use:

  • Medicines to treat gout and arthritis.
  • Insulin or oral diabetes medicine
  • Other NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs): aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib, diclofenac (indomethacin), meloxicam, and many others;
  • A blood thinner—Warfarin, Coumadin, Jantoven.

This list isn't complete. Other medications can affect magnesium salicylate. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal remedies. There are many possible interactions between drugs. are outlined here.