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Usual Diluents


Standard Dilutions   [Amount of drug] [Infusion volume] [Infusion rate]

[1 gram] [ 50 ml] [30 min]
[2 grams] [100 ml] [60 min]
[3 grams] [100 ml] [2 hours]
[4 grams] [250 ml] [3 hours]

Pre-made bags if available - Hospira (note: wide variation in concentration):
Magnesium Sulfate in 5% Dextrose Injection:
[1 gram] [100ml] [30 min]  - 333 mOsmol/Liter
Magnesium Sulfate in Water for Injection:
[2 gram] [50 ml] [60 min] - note: 325 mOsmol/Liter (may use on all floors)

Stability / Miscellaneous

1 gram = 8.12 meq.
Maximum rate: 1 gram/ 7 minutes.Normal range:1.5 to 2.5 meq/L or 1.7 to 2.6 mg/dl.Magnesium content:
Mag Oxide: 49.6 meq/gram
Mag Gluconate: 4.5 meq/gram
MOM: @ 13.4 meq/5 ml


Dosage of magnesium sulfate must be carefully adjusted according to individual requirements and response, and administration of the drug should be discontinued as soon as the desired effect is obtained.

Both intravenous and intramuscular administration are appropriate. Intramuscular administration of the undiluted 50% solution results in therapeutic plasma levels in 60 minutes, whereas I.V. doses will provide a therapeutic level almost immediately. The rate of I.V. injection should generally not exceed 150 mg/minute (1.5 mL of a 10% concentration or its equivalent), except in severe eclampsia with seizures (see below).

Solutions for intravenous infusion must be diluted to a concentration of 20% or less prior to administration. The diluents commonly used are 5% Dextrose Injection, USP and 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP. Deep intramuscular injection of the undiluted (50%) solution is appropriate for adults, but the solution should be diluted to a 20% or less concentration prior to such injection in children.

In Magnesium Deficiency
In the treatment of mild magnesium deficiency, the usual adult dose is 1 g, equivalent to 8.12 mEq of magnesium (2 mL of the 50% solution) injected intramuscularly every six hours for four doses (equivalent to a total of 32.5 mEq of magnesium per 24 hours). For severe hypomagnesemia, as much as 250 mg (approximately 2 mEq) per kg of body weight (0.5 mL of the 50% solution) may be given intramuscularly within a period of four hours if necessary. Alternatively, 5 g, (approximately 40 mEq) can be added to one liter of 5% Dextrose Injection, USP or 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP for slow intravenous infusion over a three-hour period. In the treatment of deficiency states, caution must be observed to prevent exceeding the renal excretory capacity.

In Hyperalimentation
In total parenteral nutrition, maintenance requirements for magnesium are not precisely known. The maintenance dose used in adults ranges from 8 to 24 mEq (1 to 3 g) daily; for infants, the range is 2 to 10 mEq (0.25 to 1.25 g) daily.

In Eclampsia
In severe pre-eclampsia or eclampsia, the total initial dose is 10 to 14 g of magnesium sulfate. Intravenously, a dose of 4 to 5 g in 250 mL of 5% Dextrose Injection, USP or 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP may be infused. Simultaneously, intramuscular doses of up to 10 g (5 g or 10 mL of the undiluted 50% solution in each buttock) are given. Alternatively, the initial intravenous dose of 4 g may be given by diluting the 50% solution to a 10 or 20% concentration; the diluted fluid (40 mL of a 10% solution or 20 mL of a 20% solution) may then be injected intravenously over a period of three to four minutes. Subsequently, 4 to 5 g (8 to 10 mL of the 50% solution) are injected intramuscularly into alternate buttocks every four hours, depending on the continuing presence of the patellar reflex and adequate respiratory function. Alternatively, after the initial I.V. dose, some clinicians administer 1 to 2 g/hour by constant I.V. infusion. Therapy should continue until paroxysms cease. A serum magnesium level of 6 mg/100 mL is considered optimal for control of seizures. A total daily (24 hr) dose of 30 to 40 g should not be exceeded. In the presence of severe renal insufficiency, the maximum dosage of magnesium sulfate is 20 grams/48 hours and frequent serum magnesium concentrations must be obtained.

Other Uses
In counteracting the muscle-stimulating effects of barium poisoning, the usual dose of magnesium sulfate is 1 to 2 g given I.V.

For controlling seizures associated with epilepsy, glomerulonephritis or hypothyroidism, the usual adult dose is 1 g administered I.M. or I.V.

In paroxysmal atrial tachycardia, magnesium should be used only if simpler measures have failed and there is no evidence of myocardial damage. The usual dose is 3 to 4 g (30 to 40 mL of a 10% solution) administered I.V. over 30 seconds with extreme caution.

For reduction of cerebral edema, 2.5 g (25 mL of a 10% solution) is given I.V.

Magnesium sulfate in solution may result in a precipitate formation when mixed with solutions containing:

Alcohol (in high Heavy Metals
  concentrations) Hydrocortisone sodium
Alkali carbonates and   succinate
  bicarbonates Phosphates
Alkali hydroxides Polymixin B sulfate
Arsenates Procaine hydrochloride
Barium Salicylates
Calcium Strontium
Clindamycin phosphate Tartrates

The potential incompatibility will often be influenced by the changes in the concentration of reactants and the pH of the solutions.

It has been reported that magnesium may reduce the antibiotic activity of streptomycin, tetracycline and tobramycin when given together.

Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration, whenever solution and container permit.

Magnesium Sulfate Injection, USP is supplied in single-dose containers as follows:

List No. Container Total Amount Concentration mEq
9628 Ansyr®
Plastic Syringe
2.5 g/5 mL 50% 4 mEq/mL
1754 Ansyr®
Plastic Syringe
5 g/10 mL 50% 4 mEq/mL

Do not administer unless solution is clear and container is undamaged. Discard unused portion.
Store at controlled room temperature 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°F). [See USP.]

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Magnesium Sulfate