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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
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Magnesium Hydroxide (Definition)

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Is taking expired milk of magnesia safe? I just took a dosage of this, for chronic constipation. Realized after that it expired in 1991. Am I ok?

Is taking expired milk of magnesia safe? I just took a dosage of this, for chronic constipation. Realized after that it expired in 1991. Am I ok?

Expired medications: Medications that are passed their expiration dates can be less effective or contaminated. Some medications could even decompose into products that can be harmful. It isn't worth the risk to take expired medications, so regularly clear out your medicine cabinet and replace with fresh medications. One dose is likely not going to be dangerous, but call your doctor or poison control if you get sick ...Read more

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Is milk of magnesia safe while breastfeeding ?

Is milk of magnesia safe while breastfeeding 
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Yes, in normal doses: Use of over-the-counter milk of magnesia by a breast-feeding mother, to treat her own constipation, is ok to do as long as she is following the instructions on the bottle. She need not make any changes in her baby's breast-feeding routine. ...Read more

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Is it safe to try a different laxative if milk of magnesia isn't working?

Is it safe to try a different laxative if milk of magnesia isn't working?

Yes!: The colon needs water & fiber to function normally. If you're not drinking > 64 ounces of fluids/day, or < 50 g of fiber a day, your colon can't work well. Fiber supplements (like benefiber 2 tbsp 1-2x/day) are great! if you have a change in your bowel habits, you need a colonoscopy. If everything looks okay, MiraLAX is one of the best laxatives, 2 tbsp 1-2x/day. But colonoscopy first ! ...Read more

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I took imodium ad and I am very constipated. I have taken milk of magnesia and tried a suppository. No luck. Is a mineral oil enema safe to try ?

I took imodium ad  and I am very constipated. I have taken milk of magnesia and tried a suppository.  No luck. Is a  mineral oil enema safe to try ?

?diet: Imodium was presumably for diarrhea. It works by blocking the normal messages that proceed from the lower brain computer to the bowel. One message orders the bowel to stop peristalsis (wave like bowel action) while the other message causes it to accelerate causing irritable bowel syndrome. Lousy diet is by far the commonest cause, particularly sugar ajnd sweeteners. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Milk Of Magnesia (Definition)

Milk of Magnesia is a laxative which is a ...Read more