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

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

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. ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
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Magnesium Hydroxide (Definition)

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How fast milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) work?

How fast milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) work?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Is milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) habit forming?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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

Constipation: We used to order: "if no bm in am give 30cc mom in pm". ...Read more

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Will milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) still work even if expired?

Yes: yes as long as it did not get much hotter than room temperature ...Read more

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Will milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) work 2-4 hours after taking?

Yes usually: Yes usually the onset is within 4 hours. Following the directions on the package is important Diet adjustments and including pr obiotics such as yogurt and whole grains is advised. ...Read more

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Where can I purchase milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) in australia?

It is banned in AUST: It is banned in australia.You can buy online overseas or from ebay. We in us have no idea why it is banned in australia.In us it is available over the counter without prescription. ...Read more

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How long does milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) stay in your system ?

Depends: The elimination of this laxative depends on the rate of movement of bowel contents. Under usual circumstances most of it should be out of the GI tract in a couple of days, a week at the most. Unrelated to your question: Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Is milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) bad for you if taken every nighy?

Yes: The main ingredient is magnesium which is considered safe for long term use if taken as directed by your doctor! ...Read more

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How much time does it take for milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) to work?

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. ...Read more

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I had milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) nearly 23 hours ago. What happens?

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. Insure that you hydrate well. It is recommended that milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) not be used > 7 days (w/o medical directives to do so). ...Read more

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Could i take milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) 1 hour after overindulging in food?

Could i take milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) 1 hour after overindulging in food?

Milk of Mag: You could, yes, but to what end? MOM will create diarrhea but it will not diminish calorie digestion and absorption very much. Purging is not a "solution" -- if you over-indulge, exercise - walk - jog - cycle = burn calories, don't purge, please. Then try to change eating patterns: indulge in apples, pears, peaches, other fruits and vegetables; don't indulge in breads, starches, fats. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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