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MilkofMagnesiaW/Cascara



USES: This medication is used for the short-term treatment of constipation or to empty the bowel before bowel or stomach procedures.

 
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MilkofMagnesiaW/Cascara

Uses
This medication is used for the short-term treatment of constipation or to empty the bowel before bowel or stomach procedures.
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.
  • Proper diet, fluid intake and exercise may help prevent constipation.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.


How To Use
  • HOW TO USE THIS MEDICATION: Take by mouth, generally once daily, as needed or as directed by your doctor.
  • Do not exceed the maximum recommended dose.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Do not use this medication for more than 7 days unless directed by your doctor.
  • Do not use this medication if you have had a change in bowel habits for longer than 2 weeks or if there is blood in your stool.
  • Instead, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Long-term use of laxatives may lead to laxative dependence, chronic constipation, loss of normal bowel function and damage to the bowel.
  • Overuse of laxatives may cause persistent diarrhea, dehydration and body mineral problems.
  • The magnesium hydroxide in this product may interfere with the absorption of other drugs you may take.
  • Take this product at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after you take these medications: tetracycline antibiotics (e.g., doxycycline, tetracycline); quinolone antibiotics (e.g., ciprofloxacin); azole antifungal drugs (e.g., ketoconazole); seizure drugs (e.g., phenytoin); dexamethasone, indomethacin, digoxin, iron/multivitamin supplements or sodium polystyrene sulfonate.
  • Consult your pharmacist.

Side Effects
  • Stomach pain, nausea or diarrhea may occur.
  • If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor.
  • Unlikely but report promptly muscle twitching or cramping, muscle weakness, decrease or absence of bowel movements, blood in stool, mental/mood changes or dizziness.
  • This medication may cause your urine to temporarily turn a reddish pink or brown color.
  • This effect is harmless.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • If you have any of the following health problems, consult your doctor before using a laxative: any allergies, stomach/intestinal problems, nausea, vomiting, blood in the stool or kidney disease.
  • This medication should be used with caution in children and is not recommended for use in those less than 6 years old, unless directed by a doctor.
  • Children may be more likely to become dehydrated.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist.
  • This product should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor.
  • The cascara in this product is excreted into breast milk.
  • Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this product is not recommended.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially tetracycline antibiotics (e.g., doxycycline or tetracycline); azole antifungal drugs (e.g., ketoconazole); quinolone antibiotics (e.g., ciprofloxacin); seizure medications (e.g., phenytoin, valproic acid); heart drugs (e.g., quinidine, digoxin); sodium polystyrene sulfonate, dexamethasone, indomethacin; "blood thinners" (anticoagulants such as warfarin) or iron/multivitamin supplements.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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