Epsom Salts (Magnesium sulfate chemical name) is used as a treatment against pre-term labor.
You can use it to stop pre-term labor, but it will never be the cause of pre-term labor. Many women have safely flushed during pregnancy. Whenever making important decisions try to follow your gut feeling!
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Magnesium sulfate is used to treat pre-eclampsia, eclampsia and
Pre-eclampsia (also known as toxemia and Pregnancy-Induced High Blood
Pressure) consists of high blood pressure, protein in the urine and
edema (swelling). It can rapidly become severe pre-eclampsia, with
very high blood pressure, visual disturbances, failing kidneys and
elevated liver enzymes. In rare cases, pre-eclampsia develops into
eclampsia, where potentially fatal convulsions occur. It also can
become HELLP Syndrome (hemolysis (H), which is the breaking down of
red blood cells, elevated liver enzymes (EL), and low platelet count
(LP)), which is potentially fatal to both the woman and her baby or
Magnesium sulfate reduces striated muscle contractions and blocks
peripheral neuromuscular transmission by reducing acetylcholine
release at the myoneural junction. In emergency care, magnesium
sulfate is used to manage seizures associated with toxemia of
pregnancy. Other uses include uterine relaxation (to inhibit
contractions of premature labor), as a bronchodilator after
beta-agonist and anticholinergic agents have been used, replacement
therapy for magnesium deficiency, as a cathartic to reduce the
absorption of poisons from the Gl tract, and in the initial therapy
for convulsions. Magnesium sulfate is gaining popularity as an initial
treatment in the management of various dysrhythmias, particularly
torsades de pointes, and dysrhythmias secondary to a tricyclic
antidepressant overdose or digitalis toxicity. The drug is also
considered as a class Ila agent (probably helpful) for refractory
ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia after
administration of lidocaine or bretylium doses.
Magnesium sulfate is effective for severe acute asthma treated in the emergency department
Intravenous magnesium sulfate reduces the rate of hospital admissions and improves pulmonary function in patients with severe acute asthma treated in the emergency department.
Sources of funding: Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians and National Institutes of Health.