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Magnesium Hydroxide use while Breastfeeding

Drugs containing Magnesium Hydroxide: Mylanta, Maalox, Phillips' Milk of Magnesia, Milk of Magnesia, Maalox Plus, Rolaids Regular Strength, Maalox Advanced Regular Strength, Dulcolax Milk of Magnesia, Almacone, Gelusil, Show all 88 »Maalox Max, Pepcid Complete, Aspirin Buffered, Mintox, Rulox, Alamag, Maalox Advanced Maximum Strength, Maalox Antacid Antigas Regular Strength, FIRST Mouthwash BLM, Tums Dual Action, Mintox Plus, Mylanta Maximum Strength, Ex-Lax Milk of Magnesia, Acid Reducer + Antacid Dual Action, Rolaids Extra Strength, Rolaids Ultra Strength, Mi-Acid Double Strength, Arthritis Pain Formula, Dual Action Complete, Maldroxal, Maalox HRF, Mi-Acid, Pedia-Lax Chewable Tablets, Di-Gel, Phillips' Haleys M-O, Haley's M-O, Complete Acid Reducer plus Antacid, Zegerid with Magnesium Hydroxide, Maalox Max Wild Berry, Acid Controller Complete Dual Action, Dual-Action Acid Controller Complete, Mylanta Ultra, Advanced Formula Di-Gel, Rolaids Advanced, Di-Gel Mint, Di-Gel Lemon, Mylanta Maximum Strength Cherry, Mylanta Tonight, Rolaids Multi-Symptom, Fast Acting Mylanta, Mylanta Gelcap, Masanti Supreme, Mylanta Supreme, Rolaids Ultra Strength Softchews, Rulox Plus, Milantex, Mag-al Plus, Flanax Antacid Liquid, Milantex Maximum Strength, Mylanta Fast Acting, Masanti DS, Mylanta DS Fast Acting, Mylanta Ultimate Strength, Mintox Tablets, Aspir-Mox, Magnaprin, Aspir-Mox IB, Maalox TC, Rulox 1, ConRx AR, Masanti, Alamag Plus, Maalox Plus Extra Strength, Maldroxal Plus, Urban DS, Aldroxicon I, Aldroxicon II, Mintox Extra Strength, Tempo, Urban, Uni-Lan II, Almacone-2, Mi-Acid II, Mylagen, Mylagen-II, Uni-Lan, Magaant, Mintox Maximum Strength

Magnesium Hydroxide Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

A study on the use of magnesium hydroxide during breastfeeding found no adverse reactions in breastfed infants. Intravenous magnesium increases milk magnesium concentrations only slightly. Oral absorption of magnesium by the infant is poor, so maternal magnesium hydroxide is not expected to affect the breastfed infant's serum magnesium. Magnesium hydroxide can be taken during breastfeeding and no special precautions are required.

Drug Levels

Maternal Levels. Ten women with pre-eclampsia were given 4 grams of magnesium sulfate intravenously followed by 1 gram per hour until 24 hours after delivery. While the average serum magnesium was 35.5 mg/L in treated women compared to 18.2 mg/L in 5 untreated controls, colostrum magnesium levels at the time of discontinuation of the infusion was 64 mg/L in treated women and 48 mg/L in the controls. By 48 hours after discontinuation, colostrum magnesium levels were only slightly above control values and by 72 hours they were virtually identical to controls.[1]

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects in Breastfed Infants

Fifty mothers who were in the first day postpartum received 15 mL of either mineral oil or an emulsion of mineral oil and magnesium hydroxide equivalent to 900 mg of magnesium hydroxide, although the exact number who received each product was not stated. Additional doses were given on subsequent days if needed. None of the breastfed infants were noted to have any markedly abnormal stools, but all of the infants also received supplemental feedings.[2]

Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Alternate Drugs to Consider

Bisacodyl, Docusate, Psyllium, Sodium Picosulfate, Sodium Phosphate


1. Cruikshank DP, Varner MW, Pitkin RM. Breast milk magnesium and calcium concentrations following magnesium sulfate treatment. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1982;143:685-8. PMID: 7091241

2. Baldwin WF. Clinical study of senna administration to nursing mothers. Can Med Assoc J. 1963;89:566-7.

Magnesium Hydroxide Identification

Substance Name

Magnesium Hydroxide

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Gastrointestinal Agents

Magnesium Compounds

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