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how long for milk of magnesium to work

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
1/2 TO 6 HOURS: It takes 1/2 to 6 hours for it to work and relief in 12to 24 hours.

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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide): Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) usually takes effect (leads to a bowel movement ) in half an hour to six hours – but this is variable.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
MOM: Within average of 6 hours.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Phillip Goebel
15 years experience Emergency Medicine
A couple of hours: If it has not worked in a couple of hours you should either take another doe or switch to something like miralax (polyethylene glycol) in combination ... Read More
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Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
35 years experience Pediatrics
Less than 24 hrs: Usually milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) takes 30 minutes to 6 hours to work, but can be a little longer. It should not take 4 days. I would rec ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Malina Milan
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Your bowel could get used to the laxative and at some point you may not be able to have regular bowel movements without taking it. Try to drink plenty ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Not recommended: Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) which has expired should not be used and it will not be effective and we can not recommend that.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
1/2 HOUR TO 6 HOURS: It may work as an antacid within 30 minutes and as a laxative it may take 6 hours to 12 hours.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Check the: expiration date on the bottle.
A male asked:
Dr. Frank Kuitems
38 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: yes as long as it did not get much hotter than room temperature
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A female asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
35 years experience Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology
Yes usually: Yes usually the onset is within 4 hours. Following the directions on the package is important Diet adjustments and including pr obiotics such as yo ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Depends: The elimination of this laxative depends on the rate of movement of bowel contents. Under usual circumstances most of it should be out of the GI tract ... Read More

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