Magnesium oxide, or magnesia, is a white solid mineral that occurs naturally as periclase and is a source of magnesium. See also oxide. It has an empirical formula of MgO. It is formed by an ionic bond between magnesium and one oxygen atom.MgCO3 -- heat --> MgO + CO 2(gas)
Magnesium oxide is also used in animal feeding industry and there are special grades available. MgO is hygroscopic in nature and care must be taken to protect it from moisture. Magnesium hydroxide (Mg(OH)2) which forms in the presence of water can be reversed by heating to separate moisture.
In medicine, magnesium oxide is used as a magnesium supplement, to improve symptoms of indigestion, or as a short-term laxative (to evacuate bowels prior to some surgeries). Side effects may include nausea and cramping.
If you are taking magnesium oxide on a regular schedule, take the missed dose as soon you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Magnesium oxide may cause side effects. To avoid unpleasant taste, take the tablet with citrus fruit juice or carbonated citrus drink. Tell your doctor if either of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: cramping and diarrhea.
Magnesium is an element your body needs to function normally. Magnesium oxide may be used for different reasons. Some people use it as an antacid to relieve heartburn, sour stomach, or acid indigestion. Magnesium oxide also may be used as a laxative for short-term, rapid emptying of the bowel (before surgery, for example). It should not be used repeatedly. Magnesium oxide also is used as a dietary supplement when the amount of magnesium in the diet is not enough. Magnesium oxide is available without a prescription.
Magnesium oxide comes as a tablet and capsule to take by mouth. It usually is taken one to four times daily depending on which brand is used and what condition you have. Follow the directions on the package or on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take magnesium oxide exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Who should not take magnesium oxide?
Do not take magnesium oxide without first talking to your doctor if you have kidney disease.
Before taking magnesium oxide, tell your doctor if you have any other medical conditions, allergies, or if you take other medicines or other herbal/health supplements. Magnesium oxide may not be recommended in some situations.
It is not known whether magnesium oxide will harm an unborn baby. Do not take magnesium oxide without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. It is not known whether magnesium oxide will harm an nursing baby. Do not take magnesium oxide without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take magnesium oxide?
Take magnesium oxide exactly as directed by your doctor or as directed on the package. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Take the tablets and capsules with a full glass of water.
To ensure that you get the correct dose, measure the liquid form of magnesium with a dose-measuring spoon or cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one.
Do not take more magnesium oxide than is directed. Store magnesium oxide at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Magnesium oxide draws toxins out of the cells and carries them in solution to the pores of the skin for excretion into the bath water. If you are particularly toxic, you may notice a sour, vinegary odor rising from the water after a Magnum Bath; this is the smell of acid wastes that have been drawn out of your tissues into the water. The mica powder (laminar powder) energizes the bath water by virtue of its crystalline structure, which resonates with ambient energies in the atmosphere and draws those energies into the water. The Dew Beads (Prill Beads) microstructure the bath water so that it penetrates the skin as well as the cellular membranes more easily.