Phillips' Milk of Magnesia Side Effects

Generic Name: magnesium hydroxide

Note: This document contains side effect information about magnesium hydroxide. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Phillips' Milk of Magnesia.

Some side effects of Phillips' Milk of Magnesia may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

For the Consumer

Applies to magnesium hydroxide: chewable tablets, suspension, tablets

Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Diarrhea.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur while taking magnesium hydroxide (the active ingredient contained in Phillips' Milk of Magnesia)

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); loss of appetite; muscle weakness; nausea; slow reflexes; vomiting.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to magnesium hydroxide: compounding powder, oral concentrate, oral suspension, oral tablet chewable

Gastrointestinal

Diarrhea may occur and is occasionally severe enough to cause dehydration and electrolyte abnormalities.

Gastrointestinal side effects have included diarrhea and minor gastrointestinal discomfort.

General

General side effects have included signs and symptoms of hypermagnesemia. These have included hypotension, nausea, vomiting, EKG changes, respiratory depression, mental depression and coma.

Magnesium may be systemically absorbed following administration of magnesium hydroxide. In patients with normal renal function, increased magnesium elimination in the urine occurs and no significant changes in serum magnesium levels would be expected. However, magnesium may accumulate in patients with renal insufficiency.

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