Anyone take prescription Magnesium?

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   Posted 12/3/2008 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
I'm still having tons of palpitations 24/7. My internist has said not to worry, but even if these are benign, I HATE THEM! I think I'm realizing that I'm magnesium deficient. I have occasionally been deficient before, and all I needed to do was take extra of my usual magnesium supplement, and the twitches and palpitations would go away. But its not working this time.
I had horrible diarrhea with Zoloft, and I quit taking magnesium for a month. That's when all these palpitations started.
I was in the ER several years ago for this, and the ER doc gave me an IV of magnesium, and I didn't have any palpitations for several weeks after that.
My internist says he doesn't believe in magnesium deficiency causing palpitations. gggrrrrrrr. What's with these guys???
I'm thinking I need a better absorbed kind of magnesium, so my hubby is going to find out what the pharmacy has and write me an Rx tomorrow.
I'm trying to avoid going to the cardiologist, because I know these things are benign, and my daughter has a recital coming up next week that I have to supply food I just can't find time for the cardiologist right now. (I have very recently had a stress echo and it was normal).

Although my cardiologist is Chinese, so maybe he would be tend to believe in supplements more!
Anyhow........just curious if anyone has ever had a magnesium prescription and what was it?
Right now I'm taking Magnesium Citrate and Magnesium oxide......neither of which seem to be helping. I have IBS, and wonder if there's something with my gut that doesn't absorb magnesium.??

Post Edited (CathyA) : 12/3/2008 7:03:26 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/3/2008 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I have never had an RX for the magnesium, but I do know that I do have the palpitations more when I need magnesium.

I have celiac, so I do not absorb nutrients very well. I found a product at the health food store called CALM. It is a powder magnesium that is quickly absorbed. It will calm the twitches and the palpitations down some.

I have to go to the cardiologist on Friday for an echo and a consult. I have been having lots of flutters of late, but the family is having lots of stress right now due to health issues in other family members. I also have to take a drug at night to slow my heart rate down. It is nothing for me to get up to 112 beats per minutes in a sitting position. LOL I feel like I run lots of times.

If you have a rapid beat, you might want to get checked out though in addition to the magnesium.

Have you tried also adding epsom salts to your bath water? You body will absorb some that way also.

I hope you feel better!

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   Posted 12/4/2008 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Mrsppmrxky,

My husband did some searching, and it looks like most all magnesiums are over-the-counter, so I just have to find a good one. He suggested Calcium gluconate. the trick is finding stores that offer the different kinds. Thanks for the tip about "Calm".......I will keep my eye out for that.
Last summer, I was having sort of an over-active sympathetic system, and my heartrate was up. I hated that feeling too! So now I'm on a little Toprol (a beta blocker), which definitely helps. I just can't go up on it very much, or it has some unpleasant side-effects.
Thanks for the tip about the epsom salts too. The trick there is being able to get in and out of the tub. With all my stiffness and joints that won't bend anymore, I end up looking like a seal.....flopping in and out! haha
I have IBS-diarrhea, which got really bad while I was on Zoloft. I've wondered for a long time if I'm just not absorbing the magnesium, even though I've been taking extra doses of it. Do you have any tips for maximizing your absorption of it? They say its best to take with food, but I'm wondering if more would get absorbed if taken on an empty stomach?
I sure would like to get my levels up, and get rid of some of these palpitations. Seems like I spend all day coughing and jumping because of them.
Thanks again for your help!
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