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Milk of Magnesia

Milk of magnesia also known as magnesium hydroxide is both an antacid as well as a laxative. What this means is that the milk of magnesia can lower the acid in the stomach as well as induce bowel movements. Because of the composition of the mixture, it can treat a variety of conditions which include constipation, heartburn, sour stomach, indigestion, hiatal hernia and can even prevent ulcers or bleeding from ulcers. Milk of magnesia is taken orally, has a milky white appearance and contains magnesium.

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Its origins go back to as early as 1880 when it was first produced by Charles Henry Phillips and sold under the brand name “Phillip’s Milk Magnesia”, today the rights of milk of magnesia appear to be owned by a multibillion dollar corporation called Bayer. It is a non-prescription drug and that is widely available in pharmacies all over the country. It comes in chewable tablet, capsule and liquid form. Different flavors such as Original, Mint, Cherry, Strawberry and others are also available.

Milk of Magnesia Dosage 

Before using milk of magnesia, ensure that you are not allergic to any of its ingredients; if unsure consult your doctor or pharmacist. It is also important to know your medical history especially if you have conditions that affect the kidney. If you are pregnant, it is recommended to consult your doctor before taking milk of magnesia. Read the label and follow the instructions as directed.

For the chewable tablet, chew thoroughly and then swallow the pill with a full glass of water. For the capsule just swallow and chase it down with a glass of water. As for the liquid form, shake the bottle well and use the proper dosing cup or spoon which comes with the product. Do not use a regular spoon since it may affect the accuracy of your dosage. Milk of magnesia cannot be used for more than a week, so if your condition persists it is better if you just seek medical care. For best results, remember to store it at room temperature and away from heat and moisture.

Milk of Magnesia Side Effects

The side effects of milk of magnesia include difficulty in breathing, muscle weakness, irregular heartbeat, mood changes, rashes, itching, dizziness as well as worsening of your stomach problems. Though these side effects are uncommon to occur, in case they do, make sure that you seek medical attention when you experience any of the listed above.