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Magnesium Hydroxide - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on Apr 25, 2011
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Information about Magnesium Hydroxide

Generic Name : Magnesium Hydroxide
Pronunciation : mag nee'zhum hye drox' ide
Latest prescription information about Magnesium Hydroxide. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y53.4 | Therapeutic Classification : Laxatives
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Magnesium Hydroxide

India : 

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International : 

Milk Of Magnesia
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Why is Magnesium Hydroxide Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an antacid, prescribed for hyperacidity. It is also used as a laxative. It reduces stomach acid and increases water in the intestine.

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When should Magnesium Hydroxide not be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Magnesium Hydroxide?

PO - Up to 1 g/day usually given with an Al-containing antacid.
Osmotic laxative 2.4-4.8 g/day in single or divided doses.

How should Magnesium Hydroxide be taken?

It comes as a tablet and liquid to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Magnesium Hydroxide?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of appendicitis, stomach pain, intestinal blockage, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, kidney problems, rectal bleeding, recent bowel surgery, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

After administration, this medication usually causes bowel movement within 30 minutes to 6 hours, if it is not happening consult with your doctor.

What are the side effects of Magnesium Hydroxide?

GI irritation, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and paralytic ileus.

What are the other precautions for Magnesium Hydroxide?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Magnesium Hydroxide?

Store it as directed by your physician.




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