Constipation is an unpleasant condition that can be treated with different approaches. Milk of magnesia is only one treatment modality for patients suffering from constipation. This is a gentle laxative that effectively stimulates bowel movement and subsequent defecation.
Some Info about Milk of Magnesia
Milk of magnesia is chemical compound known as magnesium hydroxide (MgOH2). It is in a liquid form and can be taken orally. This is an alkaline suspension and in case it comes in contact with an acid it is capable of neutralizing it. So the product can effectively neutralize stomach acid and is also very powerful against constipation.
Milk of Magnesia and Constipation
In constipation one suffers from infrequent defecation and hardening of the stool. One does not pass stool on regular bases and may have difficulties during the very act of defecation (pain, blood in she stool or formation of hemorrhoids). Many people have problems with constipation. Most of them neglect the problem and try to bring it under control with proper diet (foods rich in fibers) and regular physical activity. However, since the problem may not be brought under control with these non invasive approaches one may need to try certain medications.
Milk of magnesia is taken orally. Its primary purpose is to act as powerful antacid (fight against detrimental effects of stomach acid by neutralizing it). If taken in higher doses milk of magnesia can also act as powerful laxative. It can be only prescribed by a doctor who pays attention on dose and explains the patient how the drug is supposed to be taken.
It is essential for one to know that only in higher doses milk of magnesia acts as laxative while small doses are used for treatment of hyperacidity. Once taken the substance acts as a Saline laxative. It stimulates intestinal mobility and assists in flushing out toxins from the body. The desirable effects are achieved within 6-24 hours after taking the preparation.
Side Effects of Milk of Magnesia
There are several side effects of milk of magnesia. They generally affect people who are already suffering from other illnesses. Patients are due to report all the conditions they are suffering from to their doctor. This particularly refers to kidney disease. Furthermore, the preparation must not be used for a longer period of time. Milk of magnesia may interact with antibiotics so if one is on treatment with these medications he/ she should not take milk of magnesia. In case of rectal blood or if one does not defecate after taking milk of magnesia he/she must consult the doctor as soon as possible. And finally, the preparation is not supposed to be used in pregnant and nursing women or patients on magnesium restricted diet.