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Review Demonstrates Very Low Incidence of Side Effects from Magnesium Sulfate

Despite consensus that MgSO4 is significantly more effective than diazepam or phenytoin in preventing seizures in PE/E, universal and consistent use of the drug has been slow to take hold. Concerns have persisted about its toxicity, particularly among providers in low- and middle-income countries. This review brief demonstrates that MgSO4 is not a dangerous drug, and calls for clinical leaders to adopt, promote, and support its use as the anticonvulsant of choice.

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