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Phillips Milk of Magnesia

Generic name: magnesium hydroxide [mag-NEE-see-um-hye-DROCK-side]
Names of brands: Dulcolax Liquid, Milk of Magnesia, Pedia-Lax Chewable Milk of Magnesia, and Ex-Lax Milk of Magnesia
Drug classes: antacids, laxatives

What is Phillips Milk of Magnesia?

Magnesium is a natural mineral that occurs naturally. Phillips Milk of Magnesia lowers stomach acid and also increases the amount of water in the intestines that could trigger bowel movements. Phillips Milk of Magnesia is utilized as a laxative to ease occasional constipation. Phillips Milk of Magnesia is also a popular antacid to ease stomach aches, indigestion, and the discomfort of heartburn. Phillips Milk of Magnesia may be used for other purposes that are not mentioned in this guideline for medication.

Side effects of Phillips Milk of Magnesia

See a doctor immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction, like hives, trouble breathing, or swelling of your lips, face, and tongue, Phillips Milk of Magnesia may result in serious side effects. Stop taking Phillips Milk Magnesia and consult your doctor immediately if you suffer from:

  • Severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea;
  • There is no stool movement following the use of the laxative medication.
  • Bleeding from the rectal or
  • The symptoms are getting worse.

Common adverse effects from Phillips Milk of Magnesia may include:

  • Diarrhea; or
  • Diminished perception of taste.

This isn't a complete list of possible side effects, and other effects may also be present. Contact your doctor for advice regarding medical adverse effects. You may report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Do not take Phillips Milk of Magnesia without consulting a doctor when you are experiencing nausea, stomach pain, and vomiting.

Prior to use this drug

Do not take Phillips Milk of Magnesia without consulting a physician if you suffer from nausea, stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting.

Consult a physician or pharmacist for advice on whether Phillips Milk of Magnesia is safe to use in the following circumstances:

  • If you suffer from kidney disease,
  • If you're following a diet low in magnesium or
  • There is an abrupt change in the way you eat that has been present for more than two weeks.

How to take Phillips Milk of Magnesia?

Use only as indicated on the label or as directed by your physician. Take care when measuring liquid medicines. Use the syringe for dosing or a dosage measuring device (not an ordinary spoon). You might need to shake your oral suspension prior to every use. It is important to chew the chewable tablet before swallowing it. Drink this medicine in a full glass (8 ounces) of water.

When used as a laxative, Phillips Milk of Magnesia should cause bowel movements between 30 and 6 hours. Consult your doctor to discuss your condition if the one you're dealing with by using Phillips Milk of Magnesia does not improve or gets worse when you use this medication.

Do not take Phillips milk of Magnesia for more than 7 days, unless you have medical assistance. Place it in a cool, dry place far from heat and moisture.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Phillips Milk of Magnesia is taken when it is needed, and you might not be following a regular dosing regimen. Do not miss any doses when it's time to get the next dose. Do not take two doses in one go.

What happens if I overdose?

Get medical attention in an emergency or contact the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222. Overdose symptoms can include extreme diarrhea, muscle weakness, breath shortness, and no or little urine.

What should be avoided?

Follow the doctor's advice regarding any limitations on foods, drinks, or any activity.

Interaction with other drugs

Other medications can influence Phillips milk of Magnesia, which includes medications that are prescribed and available over the counter, vitamins, and herbal remedies. Inform your physician about the medicines you are currently taking and any medication you begin or stop taking.