FAQ's - ActiveMg
Question: Is ActiveMg (formerly Migraine Stop) safe for young children?
Answer: ActiveMg is safe for children as it only contains minerals and vitamins that we have in our body anyway, however the one word of caution for kids is that our product contains Zinc and there are maximum daily-recommended dosages of Zinc for both adults and children. Our product dose rate is 2 - 3 capsules per day, but for children we suggest you use no more than 2 capsules per day as you are getting up towards the maximum zinc dosage.
We are often also asked about suggestions for children on taking capsules, as many kids don’t like swallowing capsules or tablets. The answer there is that you can empty the contents of the 2 capsules into a glass of fruit juice or flavored water and allow them to drink it. It is the ingredients in the capsule (and not the capsule itself) that does the work, so this is a practical way of getting children to take the product. This method is also useful for adults who don’t like swallowing pills or capsules.
Generally speaking this advice is suitable for children 10 years and above. Below 10 years of age we recommend you consult your doctor as to suitability of taking ActiveMg.
The 8 ingredients in ActiveMg are Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin B3, B6 & B9 (as Folic Acid), B12, Passionflower and Cramp Bark.
Question: Can I take ActiveMg (Migraine Stop) with my other medication/s?
Answer: There are no known contraindications with ActiveMg and any other medication you might be on. Given that ActiveMg is a blend of vitamins and minerals that are (or should be) present in the human body anyway, there is no risk by adding more of them into the body and they will not interact adversely with any normal prescription medications you might be taking for migraine or anxiety, or other common drugs.
However, Magnesium is known to potentially reduce the effectiveness of some antibiotics if taken at or around the same time, so conventional medical advice suggests that if you are taking antibiotics and a magnesium supplement then you should have a 2-hour gap between taking them.
Question: Can I stop taking my medication now that I am taking ActiveMg?
Answer: Our advice is that you leave your current medication unchanged and keep taking that until such time as your magnesium levels have time to build up (from taking ActiveMg). This can take anywhere from 3 – 5 weeks and then once you feel an appreciable lessening of the symptoms you can consider phasing off the prescription meds, but this should always be done in consultation with your doctor, as many prescribed medications vary greatly and some need a slow phase off period (some medications for migraine and also for anxiety are addictive and phasing off comes with side effects).
Question: Are there any side effects from taking ActiveMg?
Answer: Magnesium in excess of 300mg a day has been known to cause some mild diarrhoea, but the full dose (3 caps) of Migraine Stop contains exactly 300mg of elemental magnesium so you shouldn’t have any problems.
Question: What can I do if I am concerned about the potential of diarrhoea ?
Answer: If you have any worries just start gradually by taking 1 capsule per day in week 1, 2 capsules per day in week 2, then at week 3 increase to the full 3 capsule per day dose rate.
Question: When is the best time of the day to take ActiveMg ?
Answer: There is no best time in regards to function, but try to take them with food, so make it a habit to take either with breakfast, lunch or with dinner at night.
Question: Can I take ActiveMg while pregnant or breastfeeding?
Answer: Our medical advisers who helped us design and formulate the product indicate that ActiveMg is completely safe for women trying to conceive, or during pregnancy and breastfeeding, but the medical fraternity is somewhat split on the issue of taking supplements during pregnancy and it often comes down to the personal opinion of an individual doctor.
Medically speaking they are safe to take, but our recommendation is that you discuss it with your GP as this is often a very personal decision and both patient and doctor should be in alignment on the thinking behind it.
The only ingredients in the product are Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamins B3 & B6, Vitamin B9 (as Folic Acid), B12, Cramp Bark and Passionflower. A combination of vitamins, mineral and plant extracts, so there is nothing in there that can cause harm, but it’s always best to get a second opinion. Please refer your doctor to this website for the ingredient list.
Question: if our bodies are not low in nutrients to begin with, such as Magnesium or B Vitamins, can taking these 2-3 capsules a day increase the levels overtime, which could then result in exceeding the recommended medical levels referred to in blood results.
Answer: It is virtually impossible to overdose on Magnesium or B group vitamins, as any excess that your body doesn’t need (or can’t utilize) will eventually be excreted. The moment you stop taking the capsules your magnesium levels will slowly reduce again because you are not continually feeding the magnesium in.
Question: What about Vitamin B6 toxicity? Is that real?
Answer: Yes, in theory there is potential to take too much Vitamin B6, which can lead to neuropathy (tingling & numbness) in the hands and feet, but the dose of Vitamin B6 required to cause this is quite high. Clinical evidence suggests you have to take at least 500mg of B6 every day for an extended period of time for B6 toxicity to occur and this is 8 times the level in ActiveMg. You would need to take 23 – 24 capsules a day of ActiveMg to be at risk of B6 toxicity and you would need to do that every day for at least a month.
So on the normal maximum dose rate of 3 capsules per day of ActiveMg there is no risk of B6 toxicity, as B6 does not ‘build up’ or remain in the body. As soon as you stop taking it, the B6 flushes out.
As with all supplements you should ensure you aren’t getting too much by taking other supplements that contains the same things. To take a straight B6 supplement in addition to ActiveMg would be unadvisable, as many straight B6 supplements can contain several hundred milligrams of B6 in each capsule.
Question: Is there any other elements of ActiveMg that I should consider?
Answer: Zinc is something to consider, if you were taking zinc from multiple sources, but our dose is still well under the threshold and zinc is a mineral and doesn’t ‘build up’ in the true sense like an element like mercury or similar toxins. Zinc will flush out also, so it’s only daily doses that matter.
Question: When I take the ActiveMg and can’t seem to sleep. Is this normal?
Answer: Despite the fact that Magnesium is normally advocated to improve sleep, there is some anecdotal evidence to suggest that around 1% of the population will have the opposite result and endure poor sleep. The causes of this are still under debate, but there are a couple of solutions you can try in order to mitigate the outcome.
First off, start on a low dose and work your way up, so in the case of ActiveMg commence with 1 capsule a day for a week or so (assuming it doesn’t adversely affect you even at this rate). You should also ensure you drink plenty of water throughout the day and when you take the magnesium. Magnesium can ‘soak’ up water as it metabolizes and there is one school of thought that in some cases it may be muscle dehydration that is causing the sleeplessness.
Also vary the time of day you take the ActiveMg, experimenting with early morning, versus late afternoon. This sleep phenomena seems to vary with individuals, but with experimentation it can be controlled.
Question: I have just ordered a bottle of ActiveMg and I take multi vitamins as well. I expect there might be some doubling up of some ingredients, from taking both a multi vitamin and the ActiveMg. Is there any issue I need to worry about?
Answer: It is true that here may be some double ups on certain components. Most are tolerable but just check on the total amount of Vitamin B6 and Zinc you will be consuming per day. It’s best not to exceed 500mgs of Vitamin B6 per day (you get 60 mg from our 3-capsule dose) and also with the Zinc try not to exceed 40mg per day (you get 9 mg from our 3-capsule dose).
Other than that, there won’t be any issues to worry about. But with the ActiveMg start on 2 capsules per day and only go to 3 capsules after the first week if you need to. In other words, if the migraines, the anxiety or the RLS hasn’t fully improved, then go to the full 3 capsule a day dose, but some people find that 2 per day is enough.