Helping you make better health choices

In shops now or delivered to your home from only £3.50 an issue!

Subscribe!

Magnesium may halve the risk of eclampsia

MagazineSeptember 2002 (Vol. 13 Issue 6)Magnesium may halve the risk of eclampsia

A new, landmark study has shown that pregnant women with preeclampsia treated with magnesium sulphate can halve the risk of eclampsia (convulsions) and maternal death

A new, landmark study has shown that pregnant women with preeclampsia treated with magnesium sulphate can halve the risk of eclampsia (convulsions) and maternal death.


In this randomised study dubbed the Magpie Trial (Magnesium Sulphate for Prevention of Eclampsia), 10,141 preeclamptic women from 33 countries received magnesium sulphate or placebo intravenously (iv) or intramuscularly (im).


When it became clear that magnesium overwhelmingly reduced the risk of eclampsia by 58 per cent and maternal death by 45 per cent vs placebo, the investigators called an early halt to the trial.


Adverse effects, though tolerable, were reported in 24 per cent of women given magnesium vs 5 per cent of those given placebo, and were less common with iv administration.


However, questions still remain as to the minimum effective dose, optimal time to give it, and long-term consequences of exposure for mother and infant (Lancet, 2002; 359: 1877-90, 1872-3).


Experts concur that mmr is linked to bowel disease

Don't forget vitamin c to prevent a heart attack

You may also be interested in...

Sign up for free today

Sign up now to get your FREE 17-point Plan to Great Health

Free membership gives you access to our latest news reports, use of our community area, forums, blogs, readers' health tips and our twice-weekly
e-news letter.

WDDTY Recommends

Latest Tweet

About

Since 1989, WDDTY has provided thousands of resources on how to beat asthma, arthritis, cancer, depression and many other chronic conditions.

Start by looking in our fully searchable database, active and friendly community forums and the latest health news.

Positive SSL Wildcard

Facebook Twitter

Most Popular Health Website of the Year 2014

© 2010 - 2016 WDDTY Publishing Ltd.
All Rights Reserved