Top answers from doctors based on your search:
Disclaimer

Milk of magnesia

A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Sure, sort of...: Each person with constipation needs to work with her doctor to figure out the cause and the solution. Otherwise if the constipation does not resolve, ... Read More
1
1 thank

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience in Geriatrics
Yes but . . .: www.epocrates.com doesn't show any significant interactions between milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and Lorazepam but you really ought to addre ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Probably : If overdosed and used extensively, can cause dehydration which in turn can cause exhaustion. Hold it for now, if still having symptoms or symptoms ar ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience in Psychiatry
MOM: If used occasionally as antacid/laxative. Regular use can deplete your potassium.
2
2 thanks
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Rohde
34 years experience in General Practice
Laxative: Cheap forms of mg like the oxide in milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) are good laxatives. We are all low on mg andleads to all sort of health con ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in Family Medicine
It can rarely: It rarely can cause cramps, as it also causes nausea and vomiting in some, but it well tolerated in recommended quantites.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Phillip Goebel
15 years experience in 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
2
2 thanks
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in Family Medicine
No it is not: No it is not habit forming but some people tend to use it over long period of time to help move bowels.
1
1 thank
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience in Psychiatry
MOM: Magnesium hydroxide is used as antacid & as laxative, and topically for canker sores (aphthos ulcers). Some believe it can be used topically on the sc ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience in Ophthalmology
no harm: Your body will not react to this and it will cause no problems for you.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in Family Medicine
IT IS A ANTACID: Yes it is an antacid as it neutralise the stomach acid and has been used as an antacid for years and in larger quantity it acts also as a laxative.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tarek Naguib
39 years experience in Nephrology and Dialysis
Not for long term: Side effects include hypermagnesemia which could cause heart rhythm trouble. Hypermagnesemia occurs specially in persons with slow kidneys. Would sugg ... Read More
1
1 comment
4
4 thanks
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sharmila Dissanaike
20 years experience in General Surgery
No: Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) can help with indigestion, however piles - hemorrhoids - are better treated by avoiding constipation, stool sof ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience in Colon and Rectal Surgery
No: But it may stimulate bowel activity to get the stool moving again. Before using any laxative you need to be sure you do not have an obstruction or per ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
Yes: Yes, but be aware that chronic laxative use can cause problems in itself.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience in Pediatrics
High fiber diet: Rather than medication consider a modification of your diet.Eat lots of fruits and vegetable , nuts, raisins, prunes and dates. Reduce milk and milk p ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristi Woods
22 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: Mom is considered safe in breast feeding.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes.: Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) is absolutely safe to take as intended/prescribed by your obstetrician during pregnancy.
3
3 thanks
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Kramer
34 years experience in General Surgery
No: Most likely not other then stimulating a bowel movement with which may affect a hemorrhoid.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
34 years experience in Gastroenterology
Amount taken: The amount taken plus the amount of fluid consumed plus your varying diet plus activity all have an impact. Feel free to vary the dose up and down as ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in 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.
1
1 comment
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes is safe: Yes it is safe to take every 4 days.
A 70-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Cloud
40 years experience in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Cobstipation: Daily laxative may be necessary in some people, but only after they have had their colon evaluated by colonoscopy first and the source of constipation ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: This osmotic agent stays in the gut of the mom and does not enter the breast milk to any significant degree. It can be used as needed without effectin ... Read More
1
1 thank
A member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes, in normal doses: Use of over-the-counter milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) by a breast-feeding mother, to treat her own constipation, is ok to do as long as she i ... Read More
2
2 thanks
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience in Emergency Medicine
No: If anything, magnesium (aka: "magnesia") may slow contractions. No magic potion to help get junior out any faster than when ready, sorry!
2
2 thanks
A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mohammed Parvez
13 years experience in Internal Medicine
No: Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) (mom) will not cause blood pressure changes.
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience in Pediatrics
Not really: Since Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) is intended for internal use, anything absorbed from topical application should pose no health risks.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. You Sung Sang
30 years experience in Gastroenterology
Yes : They should not interact.
1
1 thank
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Axel Martinez-Irizarry
16 years experience in Family Medicine
Yes.: You're on low dose of celexa. Just be cautious on milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) use. It's not good to use large amounts of milk of magnesia ... Read More
2
2 thanks
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
34 years experience in Gastroenterology
2.5 to 10 ml: The doses as above are for infants to 10 year old children. Try the smaller dose, vary the timng and see what works for you. I use 5-10ml on my own 5 ... Read More
2
2 thanks
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
You tell us: We do not predict illness. Do you have any concerning symptoms that we can discuss?

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month