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\nAlso keep in mind that frequent use of antacids may indicate a need for treatment of an ulcer, which may require both antibiotics and an…ti-acid medications from your physician. (MORE)
I was told by my doctor to use it daily to prevent the constipation i encounter. I asked if i could use it daily without any problems and he said (quote) "yes you can use it f…or a year and stop or use it the rest of your life". If taking it daily, you should also take a multi-vitamin, or just a potassium pill, or eat a banana. This is because the bowel movement associated with Milk of Magnesia removes much of the potassium in your body. So you need to replace the potassium as often as you take the Magnesia. (MORE)
If taken orally in liquid suspension, the antacid effects should be nearly instant..
Regarding laxative effect, I shall quote the manfacturer's slogan:.
"Take MOM in the PM …for a BM in the AM".
Pithy but accurate; give it 8 hours to start seeing effects..
Do not take this medication for more than one week in a row. (MORE)
Milk of magnesia is a solution of magnesium hydroxide (a white powder) in water. It is a base because when the powder is introduced into water, it partially dissociates (break…s up) into magnesium (Mg2+) and hydroxide (OH-) ions. Pure water contains an equal number of OH- ions and another ion called hydronium ions (H3O+). Because the milk of magnesia adds OH- ions to the water, there are now more OH- ions than H3O+ ions. This means you have a base. On the opposite end, if there are more H3O+ ions than OH- ions, which happens when you add vinegar or lemon juice to water, you have an acid. Hope that makes sense! (MORE)
Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) is most commonly found as a liquid. The magnesium in the liquid can both neutralize excess stomach acid and, if taken in slightly larger… doses, act as a saline laxative. This means that the magnesium works to pull salt or a saline solution from the blood into the intestines, therefore increasing the amount of water in the intestines and causing a laxative action. Milk of magnesia is generally considered to be one of the more gentle laxatives, as opposed to stimulant laxatives such as Dulcolax. (MORE)