Magnesium Hydroxide

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Magnesium Hydroxide

Generic Name: Magnesium Hydroxide Tablets (mag-NEE-zee-um)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.

Magnesium Hydroxide is used for:

Treating acid indigestion, heartburn, sour stomach, and constipation. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Magnesium Hydroxide is an antacid. It works by neutralizing the acid in the stomach and by stimulating the bowels to move.

Do NOT use Magnesium Hydroxide if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Magnesium Hydroxide

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Magnesium Hydroxide :

Some medical conditions may interact with Magnesium Hydroxide . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have appendicitis, stomach pain, a blockage of your bowels, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, kidney problems, rectal bleeding of unknown cause, or if you have had bowel surgery

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Magnesium Hydroxide . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because side effects may be increased by Magnesium Hydroxide
  • Azole antifungals (eg, ketoconazole), bisphosphonates (eg, alendronate), cation exchange resins (eg, sodium polystyrene sulfonate), cephalosporins (eg, cephalexin), mycophenolate, penicillamine, quinolone antibiotics (eg, ciprofloxacin), or tetracyclines (eg, doxycycline) because effectiveness may be decreased by Magnesium Hydroxide

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Magnesium Hydroxide may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Magnesium Hydroxide :

Use Magnesium Hydroxide as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Magnesium Hydroxide may be taken with or without food. Take with a full glass of water or other liquid.
  • If you miss taking a dose of Magnesium Hydroxide for 1 or more days, there is no cause for concern. If your doctor recommended that you take it, try to remember your dose every day.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Magnesium Hydroxide .

Important safety information:

  • Magnesium Hydroxide usually causes a bowel movement within 30 minutes to 6 hours of using it. If you do not have a bowel movement after using Magnesium Hydroxide , contact your doctor.
  • Do not exceed the recommended dose or use the maximum dose for more than 1 week without checking with your doctor. If your symptoms do not improve within 1 week or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Magnesium Hydroxide is not recommended for use in CHILDREN younger than 12 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is unknown if Magnesium Hydroxide can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant while taking Magnesium Hydroxide , discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Magnesium Hydroxide during pregnancy. It is unknown if Magnesium Hydroxide is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Magnesium Hydroxide , check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Magnesium Hydroxide :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:


Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

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.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include diarrhea; stomach cramps.

Proper storage of Magnesium Hydroxide :

Store Magnesium Hydroxide at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Magnesium Hydroxide out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Magnesium Hydroxide , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Magnesium Hydroxide is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Magnesium Hydroxide . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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