Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Dec 31, 2018.
What is it?
Magnesium is a naturally occurring mineral, and is essential for the diet. It is important for many systems in the body, especially the muscles and nerves. Magnesium is present in fruits, vegetables, grains, milk, meat and fish and the natural content of these foods is the major source of the current dietary intake. Magnesium hydroxide is used as a laxative to relieve occasional constipation (irregularity) and as an antacid to relieve indigestion, sour stomach, and heartburn. Commonly known as 'Milk of Magnesia'. Magnesium hydroxide (Mg[OH]2) is used in the pharmaceutical industry as a tablet and capsule diluent.
 Dave RH. Overview of pharmaceutical excipients used in tablets and capsules. Drug Topics (online). Advanstar. 10/24/2008 http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/drugtopics/Top+News/Overview-of-pharmaceutical-excipients-used-in-tabl/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/561047. Accessed 08/19/2011
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Top Medications with this excipient
- Calcium Carbonate (Chewable) 350 mg
- Clarithromycin 500 mg
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- Desloratadine 5 mg
- Didanosine (for Oral Suspension) 150 mg
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- Erythrocin Stearate Filmtab 500 mg
- Hydrochlorothiazide and Quinapril Hydrochloride 12.5 mg / 20 mg
- Hydrochlorothiazide and Quinapril Hydrochloride 25 mg / 20 mg
- Hydrochlorothiazide and Quinapril Hydrochloride 12.5 mg / 10 mg
- Omeprazole Delayed Release 10 mg
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- Omeprazole Delayed Release 20 mg
- Rabeprazole Sodium Delayed-Release 20 mg