Health Guide


What is it?

Manganese is a mineral that is found in whole grains, cereals, fruits, vegetables, and tea. It is used as a supplement for diabetes, epilepsy (seizures), high cholesterol (blood fats), Parkinson's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and schizophrenia. Manganese is also used for strains, sprains, and inflammation (soreness and swelling).

Other names for Manganese include: Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Chloride, Manganese Picolinate, and Manganese Gluconate.

Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

Before Using:

Tell your doctor if you

  • are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
  • are breastfeeding
  • have any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease


Talk with your caregiver about how much Manganese you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Manganese. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.

To store this medicine:

Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.

Drug and Food Interactions:

  • Take Manganese without food (on an empty stomach) for more of it to get into your body


  • Before taking Manganese, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Inhaling (breathing in) Manganese (examples, mining and environmental exposure) can produce psychiatric symptoms such as hallucinations, violent acts, and hyperirritability
  • Manganese should not be used in persons with liver or kidney problems

Side Effects:

Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.

  • Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
  • Chest pain
  • Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin

Other Side Effects:

You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

  • Tell your doctor if you develop high blood pressure. This has been occasionally reported in people over 40 taking supplemental Manganese
  • Muscle weakness, trouble speaking, nervousness, abnormal behavior, and memory problems are signs of overdose
  • Liver problems


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Last Updated: 7/4/2018
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