Expired Milk Of Magnesia

Are you aware of the expiration date of your favorite household cleaning product? If you haven’t checked yours lately, you might be surprised at the expiration dates listed on some common household cleaners.

Cleaning products are usually packaged in plastic or glass containers. The ingredients inside those bottles are often put into protective casings to prevent them from deteriorating over time. Once these casings wear out, they may fall apart and allow harmful chemicals to leak into food and drink.

To ensure the safety of our families, it is important that we always check the expiration dates on our household cleaning products. This includes items such as antiseptic wipes, hand soap, dishwashing liquid, bathroom tissue, laundry detergent, shampoo, toothpaste, and other personal care products.

Milk of Magnesia does not expire. It has no expiration date because it is a dietary supplement. The product was originally invented to treat diarrhea but now it is used for other ailments such as heartburn, indigestion, gas, stomach cramps, acid reflux, bloating, constipation, and nausea. It can even help pregnant women who suffer from morning sickness. In addition, it is also used for treating hemorrhoids and ulcers. However, if you take too many tablets, it could lead to side effects such as vomiting, dizziness, headache, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and irregular heartbeat.

Use within 6 months of opening. Do not use after expiry date shown.

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Many countries require anything marketed as edible to have an expiry date. You can speculate about what might spoil your Magnesia (see comments above), but likely it will be good four or fourty times as long as indicated.

Of course the lid might not be perfectly tight, and it could dry up or get contaminated by bacteria, but this can happen anytime. And certainly after some time it will separate into clear water and a thick suspension of magnesia particles and youll have to shake or stir it very thoroughly before consummation.

Anyway these expiry dates are 99% baloney. Very few things really get bad before you see the mould grow on them.

Fun fact and (german) exemption to that rule: After six months at the latest, the taste of beer (the non-pasteurised stuff) starts to deteriorate. Yet, according to the date on the bottle, you have 12 more weeks to drink the remainder of that crate with increasing disgust before it “expires”.

When does milk of magnesia expire?

Milk of magnesia does come with an expiry date mentioned on the label. If you are still unsure, the rule of thumb is to consume Milk of Magnesia within 6 months of its opening. It usually takes 6 hours to stimulate bowel movements.

Does magnesium citrate saline laxative expire?

Magnesium Citrate Saline Laxative is used to treat constipation. It works by increasing the rate of intestinal peristalsis (the contractions of the intestine). Magnesium Citrate Saline is taken orally either alone or mixed with other medications. It is available as tablets, capsules, liquids, and syrups. However, the product does not last forever and thus needs to be replaced after a certain period of time. It contains active ingredients such as Magnesium Hydroxide and Sodium Chloride. It comes under the category of mineral supplements.


How long does milk of magnesia last?

People should not take milk of magnesia as a laxative for more than 7 days in a row. Anyone who is still in need of a laxative or has persistent pain in their stomach area should talk with a doctor. Milk of magnesia usually relieves constipation within 6 hours of taking it.

Should milk of magnesia be refrigerated after opening?

Phillips’® Milk of Magnesia should not be refrigerated at any time and must not be frozen. Simply keep the cap tightly secured and store at room temperature.

Can a 5 year old take milk of magnesia?

by Drugs.com

Milk of Magnesia (Magnesium hydroxide) can be prescribed or recommended by a doctor as a laxative for occasional constipation in children. Oral liquid: 1 year or less: 0.5 mL/kg per dose. 2 to 5 years: 5 to 15 mL orally once a day or in divided doses.

Does milk of magnesia help soften stool?

Milk of Magnesia works by drawing water into stools. This both softens the stools, allowing them to pass easier, and increases the number of bowel movements. In addition to alleviating constipation, Milk of Magnesia can also relieve heartburn, indigestion and upset stomach.

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