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Information on Milk of Magnesia

Milk of magnesia is primarily used for its strong laxativeproperties. It is a suspension made from magnesium hydroxide which has beendissolved in water first. It is called milk of magnesia because its whiteappearance may resemble the appearance of milk. Sometimes it may be affiliatedwith certain unwanted side effects. Milk of magnesia is actually an alkalinesuspension of magnesium hydroxide and its formula is invented by Charles HenryPhillips in the 19th century.

It can be purchased anywhere aroundthe world and it is one of the most popular alternatives to castor oil andnumerous other types of laxatives. It can be purchased in a flavored form ascapsules or tablets. It should be consumed with a glass of water so that it canbe absorbed rather quickly. Milk of magnesia is an antacid so it triggers aprocess of neutralization in which the acidic and hydroxide ions get combinedinto hydrochloric acid and water.

As a laxative it may draw water from theintestine tissue utilizing the process of osmosis and by doing so it increasesthe amount of water contained in the feces. It is very efficient in inducingdefecation and reducing the amount of stomach acid in the intestines. It canalso be used for the prevention and treatment of certain medical conditionssuch as indigestion, heartburn and constipation.

Milk of Magnesia Side Effects

There are certain types of medical conditions which indicatethat a person should not use milk of magnesia as a laxative. Those medical conditionsmay or may not include abdominal pain, different types of kidney diseases,nausea, rectal bleeding, vomiting and any changes in the bowel habits. Milk ofmagnesia can be associated with certain side effects and the most common onesinclude reactions with antibiotic medicaments, itchiness, diarrhea, shortnessof breath, hypermagnesemia, hives, weakness, various types of allergicreactions, vomiting and nausea.

It is very efficient in alleviating indigestionand constipation by stimulating the nerves in the colon and it can also be verybeneficial when it comes to treating such medical conditions as aphthous ulcersand canker sores. Milk of magnesia may also be used topically on the areas ofthe skin affected by, acne, seborrhea and dandruff. It may interact with certain types ofmedications so it is a good idea to consult the doctor before taking milk ofmagnesia in its supplemental form.

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