Publish Date: March 2013
This two-page brief summarizes the findings of an article published in the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. The article presents the results of a review of the global literature to document the known occurrences of side effects resulting from magnesium sulfate use. “An integrative review of the side effects related to the use of magnesium sulfate for pre-eclampsia and eclampsia management” summarizes the rates of side effects when magnesium sulfate was used as part of a clinical trial in low- or middle-income countries. It clearly demonstrates that magnesium sulfate is not a dangerous drug, with findings indicating a low incidence of severe side effects (generally 1-2%) directly attributable to use of magnesium sulfate.