Sunday, March 18, 2012

Milk of Magnesia

Milk of magnesia is a milky solution, use for medicinal application as antacid and a hydrating laxative. The solution is white like milk so named like that. Milk of magnesia also known as magnesium hydroxide with the chemical formula Mg(OH)2. This substance will work within 6 hours if you drink this make your feces easily out. If you have constipation problem, you can drink this milk but should know a real dose that adjusted by the age and body weight.

Milk of magnesia is an alkaline suspension, means that undergoes a neutralizing reaction when encountering anything in acid condition. This medicine is also effective as combatant of excess stomach acid if taken internally. Too much hydrochloric acid that exerted by parietal cells in the stomach can lead to indigestion, hearburn, and stomach ulcers. Milk of magnesia also use as antacid with dose about 0.02 to 0.05 oz that readily enters the stomach and will react with stomach acid to create water.

Mg(OH) 2  + 2 HCL ----> MgCl 2  + H 2 O (water)

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