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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Milk Of Magnesia (Overview)

Milk of Magnesia is a laxative which is a kind of gastroenterology drug.


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What will milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) do for constipation?

What will milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) do for constipation?

Laxative: Cheap forms of mg like the oxide in milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) are good laxatives. We are all low on mg andleads to all sort of health concerns including hypertension, muscle aches, leg cramps, poor sleep, so I like adding mg glycinate 1 cap 2 x daily to support heaalth - it as a chelated form has less bowel effect and is a better replacement supplement. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
104 Doctors shared insights

Milk Of Magnesia (Overview)

Milk of Magnesia is a laxative which is a kind of gastroenterology drug.


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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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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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I used cremaffin (magnesia, milk) for constipation for 4 days but not usefull. What is the best medicine for chronic constipation? Pls reply?

I used cremaffin (magnesia, milk) for constipation for 4 days but not usefull. What is the best medicine for chronic constipation? Pls reply?

High fiber diet: Rather than medication consider a modification of your diet.Eat lots of fruits and vegetable, nuts, raisins, prunes and dates. Reduce milk and milk products. Have high fibered foods such as beans and legumes as well as jigh fiber cereals. ...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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Is it safe to take milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) every day to help with constipation with a multivitamin? Heard it can deplete potassium.

Is it safe to take milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) every day to help with constipation with a multivitamin? Heard it can deplete potassium.

Cobstipation: Daily laxative may be necessary in some people, but only after they have had their colon evaluated by colonoscopy first and the source of constipation thoroughly evaluated and if psyllium and fiber don't suffice. ...Read more

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Take 10mg celexa a day and just took 4 tbsp of milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) for constipation. Just saw on drugs. Com there's a moderate interaction. Am I okay?

Take 10mg celexa a day and just took 4 tbsp of milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) for constipation. Just saw on drugs. Com there's a moderate interaction. Am I okay?

Yes.: You're on low dose of celexa. Just be cautious on milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) use. It's not good to use large amounts of milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) at any time. The interactions you saw are very rare, and usually requires that you have electrolyte abnormalities that are not common at your age group. Senna S is a vegetable laxative that is safer overall. ...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

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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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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?

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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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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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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Will milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) still work even if expired?

Yes: Yes as long as it did not get much hotter than room temperature ...Read more

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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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Where can I purchase milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) in australia?

It is banned in AUST: It is banned in australia. You can buy online overseas or from ebay.
We in us have no idea why it is banned in australia. In us it is available over the counter without prescription. ...Read more

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How long does milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) stay in your system?

Depends: The elimination of this laxative depends on the rate of movement of bowel contents. Under usual circumstances most of it should be out of the GI tract in a couple of days, a week at the most.
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