- Brand name
- DBL Magnesium Chloride Concentrated Injection
- Active ingredient
- Magnesium chloride hexahydrate
Consumer medicine information (CMI) leaflet
Please read this leaflet carefully before you start using DBL Magnesium Chloride Concentrated Injection.Download CMI (PDF) Download large text CMI (PDF)
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about DBL™ Magnesium Chloride Concentrated Injection. It does not contain all the available information.
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor and pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you being given DBL™ Magnesium Chloride Concentrated Injection against the benefits this medicine is expected to have for you.
If you have any concerns about this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine.
You may need to read it again.
What DBL™ Magnesium Chloride Concentrated Injection is used for
Magnesium chloride is an electrolyte used to quickly increase the amount of magnesium in your body. It is also used to provide magnesium to your body if you are on total parenteral nutrition.
Magnesium chloride works by providing a source of magnesium for your body to use.
Your doctor may have prescribed magnesium chloride for another reason. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why magnesium chloride has been prescribed for you.
This medicine is available only with a doctor’s prescription.
Magnesium chloride is not addictive.
Before you are given DBL™ Magnesium Chloride Concentrated Injection
When you must not be given it
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor if you have previously had a reaction to magnesium injections.
You should not be given DBL™ Magnesium Chloride Concentrated Injection if:
- the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering
- the expiry date on the pack has passed
If you are given this medicine after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well.
- you have any of the following medical conditions:
- kidney failure
- heart block
Before you are given it
Your doctor must know about all the following before you begin therapy with magnesium chloride.
- if you have or have ever had any other health problems/medical conditions, including:
- kidney disease
- if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant
Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of you being given magnesium chloride during pregnancy.
- if you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed
Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of you being given magnesium chloride when breast-feeding.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you are given magnesium chloride.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. Some medicines may interfere with magnesium chloride. These include:
- Cardiac glycosides (such as digoxin)
- Central nervous system depressants
- Neuromuscular blocking agents
- Treatments for blood pressure
- Treatments for excess fluid.
These medicines may be affected by magnesium chloride, or may affect how well it works. You may need different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to take different medicines.
Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while being given magnesium chloride.
How DBL™ Magnesium Chloride Concentrated Injection is given
Magnesium chloride is given as a slow injection into a vein.
Magnesium chloride must only be given by a doctor or nurse.
Your doctor will decide what dose of magnesium chloride you will receive and how long you will receive it for. This depends on your medical condition and other factors, such as your weight.
Sometimes only a single dose of magnesium chloride is required.
If you are given too much (overdose)
As DBL™ Magnesium Chloride Concentrated Injection is given to you under the supervision of your doctor, it is very unlikely that you will receive too much. However, if you experience any severe side effects after being given this medicine, tell your doctor or nurse immediately.
Symptoms of a magnesium chloride overdose may include the side effects listed below in the ‘Side effects’ section, but are usually of a more severe nature.
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26 in Australia, or call 0800 764 766 in New Zealand) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Magnesium Chloride. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
You may need urgent medical attention.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are being given magnesium chloride.
Magnesium chloride helps most people with low levels of magnesium in their bodies, but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
While being given it
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
- muscle weakness
- blurred or double vision
- loss of reflexes
- breathing difficulties
- irregular heartbeat.
Some people may get other side effects while being given magnesium chloride.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
After being given DBL™ Magnesium Chloride Concentrated Injection
DBL™ Magnesium Chloride Concentrated Injection will be stored in the pharmacy or on the ward. The injection is kept in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
What it looks like
DBL™ Magnesium Chloride Concentrated Injection is a clear, colourless solution.
DBL™ Magnesium Chloride Concentrated Injection contains:
- magnesium chloride as the active ingredient, and
- water for injection.
DBL™ Magnesium Chloride Concentrated Injection does not contain gluten, lactose, sucrose, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.
DBL™ Magnesium Chloride Concentrated Injection is supplied by:
Hospira Australia Pty Ltd
ABN 58 097 064 330
500 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
New Zealand Sponsor
Hospira NZ Limited
58 Richard Pearse Drive
Airport Oaks, Mangere 2022
DBL™ Magnesium Chloride Concentrated Injection is available in the following presentation:
- 480 mg/5 mL ampoules AUST R 16310
Date of leaflet update: July 2014.