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Is taking expired milk of magnesia 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 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

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How long does it take for milk of magnesia to work? I haven't gone in 4 days...

How long does it take for milk of magnesia 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 in combination with enemas. ...Read more

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What are the medical uses for milk of magnesia?

Constipation: We used to order: "if no bm in am give 30cc mom in pm". ...Read more

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Is milk of magnesia bad for you if taken every nighy?

Yes: The main ingredient is magnesium which is considered safe for long term use if taken as directed by your doctor! ...Read more

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Can you have a milk of magnesia overdose?

Can you have  a milk of magnesia 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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Will milk of magnesia 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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Milk of magnesia problem; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Why?

Milk of magnesia 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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What are the uses of milk of magnesia?

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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