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Magnesia
Magnesium Hydroxide-Oral


Magnesia is used to treat occasional episodes of constipation. It acts to produce a bowel movement within 6 hours of taking a dose. Magnesia is also used for upset stomach caused by heartburn, acid indigestion or sour stomach; for peptic ulcer, hiatal hernia or other conditions caused by excess stomach acid; and to prevent ulcers or bleeding from ulcers.

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Phillips Milk Of Magnesia, Milk Of Magnesia
 
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Uses
Magnesia is used to treat occasional episodes of constipation. It acts to produce a bowel movement within 6 hours of taking a dose. Magnesia is also used for upset stomach caused by heartburn, acid indigestion or sour stomach; for peptic ulcer, hiatal hernia or other conditions caused by excess stomach acid; and to prevent ulcers or bleeding from ulcers.


Storage
  • Store capsule and tablet forms at room temperature away from moisture and sunlight.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Do not freeze liquid forms of Magnesia.


Overdose
  • If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

How To Use
  • Take Magnesia as prescribed.
  • Use only temporarily to relieve constipation.
  • When regularity returns, stop using the medication.
  • Prolonged or continued use may result in laxative dependence.
  • To be effective, chewable tablets must be chewed thoroughly before swallowing followed by a full glass of water.
  • Shake liquid forms well before pouring each dose.
  • Do not take any other medication within 1 to 2 hours of taking Magnesia.
  • Since magnesium hydroxide coats the stomach, it can prevent other drugs from being absorbed properly if taken at the same time.

Side Effects
  • Magnesia may cause diarrhea.
  • If diarrhea persists or worsens, inform your doctor.
  • Notify your doctor if the following effects occur: black/tarry stools or rectal bleeding.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Do not take magnesium hydroxide before consulting your doctor if you have the following conditions: kidney disease, stomach/abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting.
  • Do not give Magnesia to a child under six years of age without first consulting a doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using Magnesia.
  • It is not known if magnesium hydroxide is excreted into breast milk.
  • Though there have been no reports (to date) of harm to nursing infants, consult your doctor before using Magnesia.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, 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 drugs you may use, especially of: antibiotics, quinidine, sodium polystyrene sulfonate.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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