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Magnesium Hydroxide (Milk of Magnesia) uses and side effect

Indication

Antacid and osmotic purgative, Gastrointestinal hyperacidity, Osmotic laxative.

Contra Indication

Intestinal obstruction, faecal impaction, renal failure, appendicitis.

Caution

Colostomy, ileostomy, electrolyte imbalance. Monitor for toxicity in patients with impaired renal function. Pregnancy.

Side Effect

GI irritation, diarrhoea, abdominal cramps; hypermagnesaemia (in patients with renal impairment). Paralytic ileus.
Medicines containing Magnesium Hydroxide (Milk of Magnesia)

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