Bioavailability and pharmacokinetics of magnesium after administration of magnesium salts to humans

Am J Ther. 2001 Sep-Oct;8(5):345-57. doi: 10.1097/00045391-200109000-00008.


Therapeutically, magnesium salts represent an important class of compounds and exhibit various pharmacologic actions. Examples of magnesium salts are ionic magnesium and magnesium citrate in nephrolithiasis, magnesium salicylate in rheumatoid arthritis, magnesium hydroxide as an antacid as well as a cathartic, and magnesium mandelate as urinary antiseptic. Various anions attached to the cation magnesium, such as oxide, chloride, gluconate, and lactate, affect the delivery of the amounts of elemental magnesium to the target site and thereby produce different pharmacodynamic effects. This review examines the bioavailability and pharmacokinetics of various magnesium salts and correlates pharmacodynamic action with the structure-activity relationship.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biological Availability
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Absorption
  • Magnesium Compounds* / blood
  • Magnesium Compounds* / pharmacokinetics
  • Magnesium Compounds* / therapeutic use


  • Magnesium Compounds