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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


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Can milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) cause nausea and low grade fever?

Can milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) cause nausea and low grade fever?

MOM says NO: Just the thought of MOM gives me nausea but I must say, it usually works- if you take enough (which means the right dose for you, which isn't necessarily what's suggested on the label).As far as fever goes, it may be associated with a fever. For example, you have upset stomach and diarrhea causing a slight fever that you notice after taking the MOM, but it didn't cause the fever. High fever? See a doc ...Read more

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Between Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) & mag citrate, is one less likely than the other to cause cramping? Does one pull fluid into the bowels slower maybe?

Between Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) & mag citrate, is one less likely than the other to cause cramping? Does one pull fluid into the bowels slower maybe?

They are similar.: Both milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and magnesium citrate are osmotic laxatives, drawing water into the bowels and stimulating bowel motility. Used in similar doses, they should act about the same, although certainly one may be better then the other in a particular patient. You have to learn what works best for you. It is advisable not to use laxatives on a regular basis. Good luck ...Read more

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Constipated so doc said try Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide). Will laxative disrupt the gut flora and cause C Diff? I've had C Diff 3 times and worry. It gave me PTSD

Constipated so doc said try Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide). Will laxative disrupt the gut flora and cause C Diff? I've had C Diff 3 times and worry. It gave me PTSD

Safe laxative: C difficile usually overgrows because an antibiotic kills off the more friendly bacteria. We've used milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) for centuries but only saw C diff colitis with the heavy use of antibiotics. Constipation itself is dangerous. I'm sorry your illness gave you PTSD and I would encourage you to work with someone who can help you process these memories and recover your strength. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can you take milk of magnesia with lorazepam?

Can you take milk of magnesia with lorazepam?

Yes but. . .: Www. Epocrates. Com doesn't show any significant interactions between milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and Lorazepam but you really ought to address this w/your family doc and/or whoever prescribed your lorazepam. It's imperative that your docs know everything you're taking, even if an over-the-counter dietary supplement or a prescription medication from another doc. ...Read more

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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

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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.
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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

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Took milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) but nothing has happened? What does this mean?

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How is unabsorbed magnesium in milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) excreted by body? Thanks.

How is unabsorbed magnesium in milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) excreted by body? Thanks.

Magnesium: Magnesium is fairly efficiently (30 to 40%) absorbed by the body. Any that is absorbed in excess can be excreted easily by the kidneys, assuming normal renal function. Any excess will be excreted in the stool, usually causing diarrhea if it is present in any significant amount. Most people do not need magnesium supplements, since it is present in many foods. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

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Dr. James Chapman
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Magnesium Hydroxide (Definition)

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