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Dr. Qamar Khan
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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. Qamar Khan
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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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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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