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When should you check your magnesium levels?

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Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a common type of medicine used to treat acid reflux, have also been tied to low magnesium levels. Examples of PPIs include dexlansoprazole (Dexilant), esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec, Zegerid), pantoprazole (Protonix), and rabeprazole (Aciphex). If you take any of these medicines on a long-term basis, your health care provider may check your magnesium level with a blood test.

From: Magnesium WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Magnesium."

The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

UpToDate: "Causes of hypomagnesemia."

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on June 7, 2017

SOURCES: Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Magnesium."

The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

UpToDate: "Causes of hypomagnesemia."

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on June 7, 2017

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