Discharge Instructions for Hypermagnesemia

You have been diagnosed with hypermagnesemia. This means you have too much magnesium in your blood. This can occur in people with kidney failure. It can also occur if you are given magnesium salts. And it can occur if you take a medicine that contains magnesium. These include some antacids and laxatives.

Diet changes

You will need to limit all foods that have magnesium. These include:

  • Dark green, leafy vegetables, including salad greens, spinach, collards, kale, and chard

  • All nuts and nut products, including peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, peanut butter, and almond butter

  • Seeds: sunflower, pumpkin, squash

  • Beans: black, lima, navy, kidney, white, garbonzo, and great northern

  • Soy products, including tofu, soy beans, and soy milk

  • Millet, including puffed millet cereal

  • Brown rice, including brown rice cakes

  • Avocado, including guacamole

  • Dried apricots

  • Bran cereals

  • Oatmeal

  • Chocolate and cocoa powder

  • Milk (all types)

  • Meal replacement bars and drinks

  • FishL halibut, and tuna

Other home care

  • Do not take antacids or laxatives.

  • Do not use enemas that have magnesium. Read the label before you use an enema.

  • Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines and supplements you take. Some may increase magnesium levels.

  • Take all medicines as directed.

  • Do not drink alcohol. If you need help in stopping, ask your provider about programs in your area.

  • Take your pulse as often as advised. Tell your healthcare provider if your pulse rate is slower than 40 beats per minute.


Make follow-up appointments as advised by our staff. Your healthcare provider will need to watch your condition closely. You may need extra care if you have a health condition that causes your hypermagnesemia.

When to call your healthcare provider

Call your provider right away if you have any of the following:

  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath (call 911)

  • Chest pain (call 911)

  • Weakness or fatigue

  • Irregular or slow heartbeat

  • Loss of consciousness or fainting (call 911)

  • Dizziness

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