Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 230 63
Muscle pain 224 81
Fibromyalgia 170 45
Stiffness/spasticity 49 14
Migraine headaches 43 7
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 38 17

Show all 153 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 7
Moderate 16
Mild 24
None 256

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Magnesium

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 17
Loose bowel movements 4
Abdominal cramps 2
Burning sensation 2
Abdominal bloating 1
Bowel urgency 1

Show all 19 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Magnesium

Dosage Patients
250 mg daily 24
400 mg daily 24
500 mg daily 20
600 mg daily 14
406 mg daily 12
377 mg daily 10
580 mg daily 9
64 mg daily 7
800 mg daily 7
200 mg daily 6

See all 92 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Magnesium

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 67
Did not seem to work 50
Expense 20
Course of treatment ended 19
Side effects too severe 19
Personal research 16
Doctor's advice 14
Change in health plan coverage 2
See all 176 patients who've stopped taking Magnesium

Duration

Currently taking Magnesium

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 15
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 38
2 - 5 years 80
5 - 10 years 75
10 years or more 31

Stopped taking Magnesium

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 21
1 - 6 months 54
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 35
2 - 5 years 33
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 196
Usually 73
Sometimes 19
Never taken as prescribed 15
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 9
Somewhat hard to take 21
A little hard to take 47
Not at all hard to take 226
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 8
< $25 149
Not specified 144

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Magnesium after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 1
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40 patient evaluations for Magnesium

Jul 6, 2009 (Started Oct 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Keep upping the dose until it works.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 1, 2008 (Started Oct 15, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 2 helpful marks

Jul 25, 2010 (Started Jul 25, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for restless feeling in legs)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 800 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: For me, this supplement is a miracle worker for restless leg syndrome (RLS). I would get it so bad I practically had to sleep standing up due to I couldn't lay or even sit without my legs having to move all the time!! Then a neighbor suggested Magnesium and to this day, I've been free of RLS. I probably jinxed myself by saying that just now, but it's true! And after trying all the prescription stuff like Requip, all it takes is two 400mg pills with breakfast and supper and I'm all set.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 2 helpful marks

Oct 1, 2009 (Started Aug 07, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for numbness)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bowel problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I feel good taking magnesium to my bowel problems. I also feel better from my pain in the legs.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
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