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Magnesium in clinical practice


Translated by David WILSON

French edition (Le magnesium en pratique cliniques. Published in 1985 by J. B. Baillière, Editions Médicales Internationales, 62 rue des Mathurins, 75008 Paris, France
First English language edition published in 1988 by
John Libbey & Company Ltd, 80/84 Bondway, London SW8 1SF, England (01) 582 5266
John Libbey Eurotest Ltd, 6 rue Blanche, 92120 Montrouge, France (1) 47 35 85 52
Excerpt. Pages 103-106.


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Magnesium has for a long time had only a modest place in therapeutics, being used only for its cathartic or neutralizing properties in oral preparations or for its sedative or antispasmodic properties parenterally.

Today continually increasing knowledge of magnesium deficit is allowing us to determine in what circumstances and in what manner we can remedy it using physiologic doses of magnesium. Correct use of magnesium therapy must prevent magnesium overload accidents for which we must also still know the treatment. In a few specific cases, parenteral and local magnesium therapy and, even still more rarely, the induction of magnesium deficit show why they should he used.

We will consider the following in order:

• The dietetic and medicinal elements of magnesium therapy.

•The indications for and techniques of oral magnesium therapy, less in strong cathartic doses than in palliative physiologic doses for magnesium deficit.

• The indications for and techniques of parenteral and local magnesium therapy.

• The treatment of magnesium overload.

• The exceptional case of induction of a therapeutic magnesium deficit.

• Finally, the absolute and relative contraindications for magnesium therapy.

1. The dietetic and medicinal elements of magnesium therapy

In developed countries magnesium intake in the diet is inadequate.

We will consider successively,

• the causes of this relative deficiency,

• research on correcting it by changes in diet.

• the particular value of amounts in drinking water.

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