Anybody tried Doans Pills (magnesium salicylate) and Potassium Gluconate otc?

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   Posted 9/6/2010 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Took four days, but seems to help with my diabetic neuropathy.

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   Posted 9/6/2010 10:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ed!

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I did some searching on the web about taking Doans. I remember many, many years ago when they advertised on TV but hadn't heard about them in years. What concerns me is there are warnings all over the internet about taking this medication long term. People from and the NIH (National Institute of Health) all warn against taking this without a doctor monitoring them.

You have posted this in the Fibromyalgia you have fibro? We also have a diabetes and chronic pain forum. I also am diabetic/on insulin but luckily I haven't had major issues with neuropathy. I know it's very painful. Check out the diabetes forum because there are some great folks down there too.


Here is some information I found on Doan's Pills:


You should not use this medication if you are allergic to aspirin or to an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug), or if you have recently used cidofovir (Vistide) or ketorolac (Toradol).

Before taking magnesium salicylate, tell your doctor if you have asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure, stomach or intestinal bleeding, diabetes, anemia, a bleeding disorder, liver or kidney disease, nasal polyps, a genetic enzyme deficiency, or if you are dehydrated.

Magnesium salicylate may cause life-threatening heart or circulation problems such as heart attack or stroke, especially if you use it long term. Do not use magnesium salicylate just before or after heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG).
Get emergency medical help if you have chest pain, severe dizziness, shortness of breath, slurred speech, or problems with vision or balance.

This medicine may also cause serious effects on the stomach or intestines, including bleeding or perforation (forming of a hole). These conditions can be fatal and can occur without warning while you are taking magnesium salicylate, especially in older adults.
From another site:

Research Notes on Doan's Pills Warnings and Precautions

When taking Doan's Pills, a few precautions should be noted. Those with severe kidney disease or liver disease should exercise caution when taking this medication, as well as those who are allergic to aspirin or other NSAIDs. You should avoid using Doan's Pills if you have a history of uncontrolled diabetes, stomach problems such as ulcers or bleeding, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, edema, dehydration asthma, anemia, bleeding or clotting problems, nasal polyps, or a prior history of allergic reactions with swelling of the mouth, tongue, or lips.1
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