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A 47-year-old member asked:

Does milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) produce cramps?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 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.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Is milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) habit forming?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
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.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How fast milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) work?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 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 9 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:

Can I use milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) daily?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 41 years experience
Not for long term: Side effects include hypermagnesemia which could cause heart rhythm trouble. Hypermagnesemia occurs specially in persons with slow kidneys. Would suggest alternating it with other cathartics if you have constipation. Several options exist i.e. Senna preparations, plymerizedethylene glycol preparations called MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or its generic form, flaxseed oil, and prune juice. May check with pharmacist too.
Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 41 years experience
Provided original answer
Also, if you have long term constipation, you need to make sure a physician has cleared long term treatment i.e. cancer colon was excluded by a scope.
Jun 4, 2012
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) healthy?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
MOM: If used occasionally as antacid/laxative. Regular use can deplete your potassium.
A 41-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 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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