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Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) laxative ok to take while breastfeeding?

Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) laxative ok to take while breastfeeding?

Yes: This osmotic agent stays in the gut of the mom and does not enter the breast milk to any significant degree. It can be used as needed without effecting the infant. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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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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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I just ate a small bite of a cookie laced with a whole pack of laxatives and a small amount of milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide). My tongue and throat is burning.

I just ate a small bite of a cookie laced with a whole pack of laxatives and a small amount of milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide).  My tongue and throat is burning.

Laxative cookies?: Why would you do that? I don't understand. However, I am guessing that by the time you receive this, your tongue is feeling better. If not, brushing gently and thoroughly including your tongue, should suffice. ...Read more

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Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) question; how much do you use for children?

Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) question; how much do you use for children?

2.5 to 10 ml: The doses as above are for infants to 10 year old children. Try the smaller dose, vary the timng and see what works for you. I use 5-10ml on my own 5 yo daughter with good effect every day. ...Read more

Magnesium Hydroxide (Definition)

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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Milk Of Magnesia (Definition)

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