Magnesium hydroxide is a drug that is used both in the treatment of symptoms caused gastric dall’iperacidità (so in case of ulcers, gastritis, gastroesophageal reflux), and in case of occasional constipation.
How does Magnesium Hydroxide work?
Magnesium Hydroxide has an antacid action : it keeps the acidity of gastric juice within physiological limits. Instead, if used as a laxative , it acts by promoting the accumulation of water in the intestine. The water leads to greater hydration of the stool, thus facilitating the evacuation. Compared to the antacid effect, the laxative action is obtained by taking larger doses of the drug .
How is Magnesium Hydroxide administered?
Magnesium Hydroxide is taken orally in the form of a powder to be dissolved in water or on the tongue, or effervescent powder. As an antacid it should be taken immediately after meals , while as a laxative it is preferable to take it early in the morning , with plenty of water.
Both in case of acidity and constipation, it is good not to resort to the use of the product for more than seven consecutive days .
Side effects of Magnesium Hydroxide
The main side effect is diarrhea , resulting in dehydration. It may be due to prolonged use of the product and / or to excessive doses.
Contraindications and warnings on the use of Magnesium Hydroxide
Taking Magnesium Hydroxide as an antacid can prevent the body from fully absorbing other drugs, in particular antibiotics from the Tetracycline family . The laxative effect caused by this substance can also speed up intestinal transit, reducing the absorption of other active ingredients: you must wait at least two hours after taking a drug to take Magnesium Hydroxide. In any case, especially in the presence of contemporary therapies, it is always good to seek the advice of the doctor before taking this substance.
The presence of sodium could be dangerous in patients with hypertension and kidney disease.
The intake of Magnesium Hydroxide does not entail any alteration of the patient’s perceptive and reactive abilities and for this reason it can be taken before using work machinery or driving vehicles.
The administration of Magnesium Hydroxide during pregnancy and breastfeeding should only take place if necessary and under medical supervision .