Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension

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Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension

Generic Name: Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension (mag-NEE-zee-um)
Brand Name: Dulcolax Milk of Magnesia and Phillips Milk of Magnesia

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

Do NOT use Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension

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

Before using Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension:

Some medical conditions may interact with Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension. 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 Suspension. 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 Suspension
  • 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 Suspension

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension 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 Suspension:

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

  • Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension may be taken with or without food. Take with a full glass of water or other liquid.
  • Shake well before using.
  • Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
  • If you miss taking a dose of Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension 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 Suspension.

Important safety information:

  • Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension 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 Suspension, 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 Suspension is not recommended for use in CHILDREN younger than 2 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is unknown if Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant while taking Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension during pregnancy. It is unknown if Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension:

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 Suspension:

Store Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Magnesium Hydroxide Suspension 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 Suspension. 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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