What is your opinion of the benefits of magnesium supplements? s there any particular form you think is best? What kind of dose is typical? I mentioned it to my neurologist and she said she wasn't convinced that any good studies proved a benefit. Do you have any suggestions for studies I could give her? Katie.
Different doctors have preferences for the type of magnesium and the dosage. We use magnesium oxide and start at 500 mg per day for a month, then increase to 500 mg twice a day. If that hasn't show results after three months, we go up to 500 mg three times a day.
There have been studies and a great deal of anecdotal evidence on magnesium for Migraine prophylaxis. Probably the best source to recommend to your doctor is the Episodic Migraine Prevention Guidelines released last year jointly by the American Headache Society and the American Academy of Neuro...
We have know for years that many people with diabetes have too little magnesium in their bodies. So why don’t all of us take supplements of this magical mineral? Everyone seem to recommend magnesium, mostly to reduce the insulin resistance and hence help counteract diabetes. But how much magnesium we have in our bodies is almost impossible to test, because most of it resides in our bones and very little in our blood, according to Dr. Barkat Charania in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He practiced orthopedic surgery for more than 30 years, now blogs at Dr. Barkat Charania , and helped me research this article.
Since our blood levels of magnesium don’t tell us if we have enough, researchers have reported few human studies, he told me. Still, he brought to my attention 41 studies of magnesium, most of them in relation to diabetes. Citing just three of these studies is enough to make my point: 1. “Magnesium deficiency is not uncommon among the general population: its intake h...
What exactly is a "black box" warning? Simply put, it's the strongest warning that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can require on a drug's packaging. The FDA requires the black box warning when studies suggest a drug can cause a serious or life-threatening side effect. The text of the warning is set apart from other information in a black box, so that doctors, pharmacists, and patients can easily see it. What did the FDA advisory panel recommend? The FDA itself hasn't made a decision about acetaminophen, but an FDA advisory panel has made 10 recommendations concerning the drug. Among those recommendations, the panel voted to remove acetaminophen-containing painkillers such as Vicodin, Tylenol 3, and Percocet from the nation's formularies. It also voted in favor of removing all acetaminophen-containing prescription drugs from the market. But the panel voted to keep over-the-counter (OTC) pills that combine acetaminophen and other ingredients, su...
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