Magnesium hydroxide


Full Prescribing Info
Dosage/Direction for Use

Oral
Gastrointestinal hyperacidity
Adult: Up to 1 g daily, usually given in conjunction with an aluminium-containing antacid eg, aluminium hydroxide.

Oral

As an osmotic laxative
Adult: 2.4-4.8 g daily as a single dose or in divided doses.
Child: 6-11 yr: 1.2-2.4 g daily; 2-5 yr: 0.4-1.2 g daily. Doses may be given as a single dose or in divided doses.
Administration
Susp: Should be taken on an empty stomach. Take 1 hr after meals & at bedtime.
Contraindications
Intestinal obstruction, faecal impaction; renal failure; appendicitis.
Special Precautions
Colostomy, ileostomy; electrolyte imbalance. Monitor for toxicity in patients with impaired renal function. Pregnancy.
Adverse Reactions
GI irritation, diarrhoea, abdominal cramps; hypermagnesaemia (in patients with renal impairment). Paralytic ileus.
Drug Interactions
Decreases absorption of tetracyclines and biphosphonates. Separate administration of these and other drugs by around 2 hr.
Action
Magnesium hydroxide increases peristaltic activity causing osmotic retention of fluids, thus resulting in bowel evacuation. It also reduces stomach acid by reacting with hydrochloric acid to form Mg chloride.
ATC Classification
G04BX01 - magnesium hydroxide ; Belongs to the class of other urologicals.
A02AA04 - magnesium hydroxide ; Belongs to the class of magnesium-containing antacids.
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