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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Me, early 60s. Sister, late 50s. My sister told me her doctor recommended small dose of milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) daily. I'm skeptical. ?

Me, early 60s.  Sister, late 50s.   My sister told me her doctor recommended small dose of milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) daily.  I'm skeptical. ?

She constipated?: What's the reason? Is she constipated or trying to get more magnesium? Certainly this is not the best way to manage chronic constipation. If you tend to get constipated, try eating more fiber and exercising regularly . If the problem persists, see the GI doctor. ...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

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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