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can you have a milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) overdose?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Yes: Especially if you have renal/kidney disease. It will also give you a great case of diarrhea. Magnesium is an essential mineral. It is poorly absorbed by the GI tract, thus it's use as a laxative. It is excreted by the kidneys, thus with renal disease, use caution. A good dose (overdose) by mouth will usually just give a really bad case of diarrhea.

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If my allergies are really bad, do I need to worry about overdosing on allergy meds?

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What is the treatment for milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) overdose?

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Time: It will run through you (runs) and once through, it's done! the faster the better so that you do not have time to absorb it into the body. If concerned, call poison control or your pcp or if indicated, go to the er.
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Is one overdose of milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) harmful?

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no harm: Your body will not react to this and it will cause no problems for you.

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