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I took imodium ad and I am very constipated. I have taken milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and tried a suppository. No luck. Is a mineral oil enema safe to try ?

I took imodium ad  and I am very constipated. I have taken milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and tried a suppository.  No luck. Is a  mineral oil enema safe to try ?

?diet: Imodium (loperamide) was presumably for diarrhea. It works by blocking the normal messages that proceed from the lower brain computer to the bowel. One message orders the bowel to stop peristalsis (wave like bowel action) while the other message causes it to accelerate causing irritable bowel syndrome. Lousy diet is by far the commonest cause, particularly sugar ajnd sweeteners. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has done 3 enemas (the mineral oil and saline kind) and milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and dulcolax. He still can't poop and feels sick. What can he do?

My boyfriend has done 3 enemas (the mineral oil and saline kind) and milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and dulcolax. He still can't poop and feels sick. What can he do?

See provider: Please consider having him see his health provider to assess for the level and amount of retained stool and to look for other possible reasons for his symptoms. ...Read more

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Is phillip's milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) harmful if you put it on your face everyday to control oil?

Is phillip's milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) harmful if you put it on your face everyday to control oil?

Depends: Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) is full of some good things for skin, like magnesium, and zinc, and it has anti-bacterial properties. It has been mentioned as a way to control acne when it is used as a mask. It works best for oily skin. However, it is very drying, and so can cause problems for people when used too frequently, or if left on too long, or if your skin becomes dryer, or if you are allergic to it. ...Read more

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Hello. I tried milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) magnesium citrate and castor oil and none same to work for fully and I was wondering what should I do next..

Hello. I tried milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) magnesium citrate and castor oil and none same to work for fully and I was wondering what should I do next..

For constipation: take Senna. Senna is a very safe natural plant product with a wide dosage range. Start by taking 2 tablets at bedtime, if you do not have a comfortable bowel movement (BM) the next day, take 4 tablets the next night. You can continue to increase the dose by 2 tablets every night until it works. It is safe to continue the dose that works every night in order to have a comfortable BM daily. ...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)?

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

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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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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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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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