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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Magnesium Hydroxide (Definition)

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Is milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) safe while breastfeeding ?

Is milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) safe while breastfeeding 
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Yes, in normal doses: Use of over-the-counter milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) 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 (magnesium hydroxide) isn't working?

Is it safe to try a different laxative if milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) 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 (polyethylene glycol) is one of the best laxatives, 2 tbsp 1-2x/day. But colonoscopy first ! ...Read more

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Is taking expired milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) 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 (magnesium hydroxide) 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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Which remedy for chronic constipation is safer, Linzess or regular use of Milk of magnesia or are they equally safe.

Which remedy for chronic constipation is safer, Linzess or regular use of  Milk of magnesia or are they equally safe.

Linzess: is the treatment of choice for IBS-D and IBS is a diagnosis of EXCLUSION In other words you need to have your colon/Rectum examined to exclude other reasons. The chronic us of MOM is NOT a good idea! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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

?diet: Imodium (loperamide) 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

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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)?

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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Milk Of Magnesia (Definition)

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