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.
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
Chocolate and cocoa powder
Milk (all types)
Meal replacement bars and drinks
FishL halibut, and tuna
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.
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)
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