Generic name: Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension [ mag-NEE-zhum-hye-DROKS-ide ]
Brand names: Dulcolax Milk of Magnesia, Phillips Milk of Magnesia
Drug classes: Antacids, Laxatives
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 27, 2022.
Uses of Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension:
- It is used to treat constipation.
- It is used to treat heartburn and upset stomach.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension?
- If you have an allergy to magnesium hydroxide or any other part of magnesium hydroxide suspension.
- If you are allergic to magnesium hydroxide suspension; any part of magnesium hydroxide suspension; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have any of these health problems: Bowel block, belly pain, upset stomach, rectal bleeding, throwing up, or change in bowel habits lasting longer than 2 weeks.
- If you have kidney disease.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with magnesium hydroxide suspension.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take magnesium hydroxide suspension with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take magnesium hydroxide suspension. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- If you are on a low-magnesium diet, talk with your doctor.
- Do not use magnesium hydroxide suspension for more than 1 week unless told to do so by your doctor.
- If you have rectal bleeding or you do not have a bowel movement after using magnesium hydroxide suspension, talk with your doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.
How is this medicine (Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension) best taken?
Use magnesium hydroxide suspension as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Take with a full glass of water.
- Do not take other drugs within 2 hours of magnesium hydroxide suspension.
- Shake well before use.
- Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with magnesium hydroxide suspension. If there is none, ask the pharmacist for a device to measure magnesium hydroxide suspension.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- This medicine is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
What are some other side effects of Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension?
- Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about magnesium hydroxide suspension, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
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