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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

Dr. William Singer
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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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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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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 long does it take for milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) to work? I haven't gone in 4 days...

How long does it take for milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) to work? I haven't gone in 4 days...

A couple of hours: If it has not worked in a couple of hours you should either take another doe or switch to something like miralax (polyethylene glycol) in combination with enemas. ...Read more

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I was wondering if you take milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) every day will it get to were it would no longer work.

Yes: Your bowel could get used to the laxative and at some point you may not be able to have regular bowel movements without taking it. Try to drink plenty of fluids and increase fiber in your diet it will help keep vowels regular. Take care! ...Read more

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I feel constipated, but little strands are coming out. I've just taken some milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide). If it doesn't work, what should I do?

Don't strain: Whatever you do, do not strain as this can cause hemorrhoids. You feel constipated. In general you should have a bowel movement at least once a day. I would try at your age some basics like drinking more water, increasing fiber especially greens, and exercising. Mom is ok but you are forcing a bowel movement. If bowel movements continue to be a problem then see a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab
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