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A 34-year-old member asked:

Can someone tell me if milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) is bad to take for constipation?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Careful: With taking excess fiber, as too much fiber along with inadequate fluids can make the constipation worse. Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and a liquid diet only until passing stool is best. Then avoiding recurrent constipation requires 80-100 oz of caffeine free, alcohol free fluid daily with no more than 25 grams of fiber daily. If keeps recurring, you may need a colonoscopy if you haven't had one recently.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

What will milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) do for constipation?

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Dr. Thomas Rohde
Anti-Aging Medicine 36 years experience
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 concerns including hypertension, muscle aches, leg cramps, poor sleep, so i like adding mg glycinate 1 cap 2 x daily to support heaalth - it as a chelated form has less bowel effect and is a better replacement supplement.
Last updated Apr 3, 2018

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