What is Epsom salts?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

Most popular types: Epsom salt lotion Epsom salts magnesium sulafte cream

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Epsom salt is a common name for magnesium sulfate, or magnesium hydroxide. Given orally it is commonly used as a saline laxative. Epsom salt is also available in a gel form for topical application in treating aches and pains.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 9 2
Promote relaxation 4 1
Stress 4 2
General health 2 1
Magnesium deficiency 2 1

Show all 14 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 1
None 2

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Epsom salts

Side effect Patients

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Epsom salts

Dosage Patients
1other as needed 3
1 g daily 1
10 g daily 1
100 g daily 1
100 g as needed 1
30minutes as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Epsom salts

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 1
Other 1
See all 2 patients who've stopped taking Epsom salts

Duration

Currently taking Epsom salts

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 2

Stopped taking Epsom salts

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 0
Usually 0
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 0
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1 patient evaluation for Epsom salts

Jun 4, 2017 (Started Jun 30, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Promote relaxation)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: one cup of Epsom Salts in HOT water bath. Very helpful for leg/feet pain from restless leg syndrom

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