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Magnesium hydroxide Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Magnesium hydroxide is also known as: Dulcolax Milk of Magnesia, Ex-Lax Milk of Magnesia, Milk of Magnesia, Pedia-Lax Chewable Tablets, Phillips' Milk of Magnesia

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Dec 10, 2018.

Magnesium hydroxide Pregnancy Warnings

Animal studies have failed to reveal evidence of direct or indirect effects on pregnancy, embryofetal development, parturition, or postnatal development. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy.

This drug should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefit outweighs the risk to the fetus.

US FDA pregnancy category: Not formally assigned to a pregnancy category.

See references

Magnesium hydroxide Breastfeeding Warnings

This drug should not be used unless there are no safer alternatives.

Excreted into human milk: Yes

-This drug has been used without apparent harmful effects in the nursing infant.
-The WHO considers aluminum hydroxide compatible with breastfeeding.
-Some authorities recommend monitoring breastfed infants for adverse effects.

See references

References for pregnancy information

  1. "Product Information. Pedia-Lax Chewable (magnesium hydroxide)." Fleet, CB, Lynchburg, VA.
  2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
  3. "Product Information. Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide)." Major Pharmaceuticals Inc, Livonia, MI.

References for breastfeeding information

  1. Department of Adolescent and Child Health and Development. UNICEF. World Health Organization "Breastfeeding and maternal medication: recommendations for drugs in the eleventh Who model list of essential drugs. Available from: URL: http://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/2002/55732.pdf?ua=1" ([2003]):
  2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
  3. "Product Information. Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide)." Major Pharmaceuticals Inc, Livonia, MI.
  4. "Product Information. Pedia-Lax Chewable (magnesium hydroxide)." Fleet, CB, Lynchburg, VA.

Further information

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