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Is Milk Of Magnesia Safe For Everyday
Yes is safe: Yes it is safe to take every 4 days. ...Read more
Can you explain if it's safe to switch back and forth between pepto bismol and milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide)?
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
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
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
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
Constipated for 4 days. Stool softener produced a few small stools. Took Philips milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide). Stimulant free. Safe? Go to ER if it doesn't work?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes : They should not interact.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
Check the: expiration date on the bottle.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
no harm: Your body will not react to this and it will cause no problems for you. ...Read more
Constipation: We used to order: "if no bm in am give 30cc mom in pm". ...Read more
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