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what are the uses of milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide)?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
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 scalp to releave dandruff.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) problem; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Why?

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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
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 needed and make sure you drink enough water.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) healthy?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
MOM: If used occasionally as antacid/laxative. Regular use can deplete your potassium.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Does milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) produce cramps?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
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 48-year-old member asked:

How fast milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) work?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
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.
Dr. Raymond Chow
Pharmacology 8 years experience
Check with the dosing on the product label, since generally lower doses are used for acid reduction (1-3 TEAspoons), and higher to move the bowels (1-3 TABLEspoons).
Nov 26, 2013
A 35-year-old member asked:

How long should I give milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) to work?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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.

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