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Can someone tell me if milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) is bad to take for constipation?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Surgery - Colorectal

In brief: Careful

With taking excess fiber, as too much fiber along with inadequate fluids can make the constipation worse.
Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and a liquid diet only until passing stool is best. Then avoiding recurrent constipation requires 80-100 oz of caffeine free, alcohol free fluid daily with no more than 25 grams of fiber daily. If keeps recurring, you may need a colonoscopy if you haven't had one recently.

In brief: Careful

With taking excess fiber, as too much fiber along with inadequate fluids can make the constipation worse.
Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and a liquid diet only until passing stool is best. Then avoiding recurrent constipation requires 80-100 oz of caffeine free, alcohol free fluid daily with no more than 25 grams of fiber daily. If keeps recurring, you may need a colonoscopy if you haven't had one recently.
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