Phillips' Milk of Magnesia by Bayer Healthcare
Bayer Healthcare Phillips' Milk of Magnesia Original - 12 fl oz. (355 mL)
Phillips Milk of Magnesia, the #1 Doctor Recommended milk of magnesia brand, provides relief from occasional constipation and gets you back to regular. Phillips Milk of Magnesia Original uses magnesium, which works with your body's natural process, to relieve constipation. You get cramp-free, gentle relief without harsh stimulants. Phillips Original Milk of Magnesia is sugar free.
#1 Doctor Recommended Milk of Magnesia brand
- Stimulant Free
- Cramp Free
- Works with your body's natural process to gently relieve occasional constipation
- Saline Laxative
- Available in:
Frequently Asked Questions
When was Phillips' Milk of Magnesia introduced?
Phillips' Milk of Magnesia has provided stimulant-free relief of constipation for over 125 years. The history of this trusted brand's heritage is detailed below.
Phillips' Milk of Magnesia Original formula was introduced in 1872.
Phillips' Milk of Magnesia Chewable Tablets were introduced in 1931.
Phillips' Milk of Magnesia Mint formula was introduced in 1956.
Phillips' Milk of Magnesia Concentrated was introduced in 1990.
Phillips' Milk of Magnesia Cherry formula was introduced in 1992.
Phillips' Stool Softener was introduced in 1997.
Phillips' Caplets were introduced in 2004.
Little Phillips’ Milk of Magnesia was introduced in 2008.
How much Phillips' Milk of Magnesia liquid (Original, Fresh Mint, and Wild Cherry) can I take for laxative use?
Adults and children 12 years & older – 2-4 tablespoonfuls
Children 6-11 years – 1-2 tablespoonfuls
Children under 6 years ask a doctor
When and how will Phillips' Milk of Magnesia begin to work as a laxative?
Stimulant-free Phillips' Milk of Magnesia generally produces a bowel movement in 1/2 to 6 hours. However, this can vary according to the individual. Phillips' Milk of Magnesia is a saline laxative which means it acts by drawing water into the intestine to help gently pass the bowel movement.
Do I have to keep Phillips' Milk of Magnesia in the refrigerator?
No. 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.
Why does my Phillips' Milk of Magnesia look different than usual (watery, gritty)?
If Phillips’ Milk of Magnesia freezes, it will have a watery and gritty appearance when thawed. For this reason, do not store it in your freezer or refrigerator. For best results, it's recommended not to use the product if it has a watery appearance.
How to Prevent Constipation and Maintain Regularity
What is constipation?
Constipation, or irregularity, is a condition in which your stools pass more slowly than usual through the bowels (intestines). This condition occurs when too much water is removed from the stools, and they become hardened, making it difficult to have bowel movements.
What is a normal or "regular" frequency of bowel movements?
Normal frequency of bowel movements is different for each individual. Some people have two or three a day. Others have only three or four bowel movements a week.
What causes constipation?
The condition can be caused by a variety of factors such as not drinking enough fluids, a lack of sufficient fiber in the diet, illness, pregnancy, or just lack of physical activity. Many people experience constipation due to change in diet or dehydration. Medications such as cough syrups, sedatives, and antacids as well as many commonly prescribed medications for cholesterol, depression, and cancer can also cause constipation. Even people who have a diet rich in fiber can occasionally become constipated.
What can I use for gentle, quick relief of constipation?
Doctors often recommend a safe, gentle overnight laxative like Phillips' Milk of Magnesia. Phillips' works with your body's natural processes by drawing water into the bowel to provide a soft stool. Phillips' is the only stimulant-free line of overnight laxatives. Phillips' offers Milk of Magnesia liquids available in both regular and concentrated formulas in several flavors, easy-to-swallow caplets, and mint-flavored chewable tablets.
Are there any other Phillips products to relieve constipation?
Phillips' is also available in a Stool Softener, which contains docusate sodium, the #1 doctor-recommended stool softening ingredient. Stool Softeners do not actually stimulate a bowel movement, but rather allow a bowel movement without straining. A movement is generally produced between 12 and 72 hours.
What laxative can I use if I have hemorrhoids?
Over 50% of people who frequently suffer from constipation also suffer from hemorrhoids. The makers of Phillips' also makes extra gentle Phillips' M- O. It contains mineral oil, a lubricant, to help the stool pass, providing soothing comfort for people suffering from hemorrhoids.
What are the benefits of using stimulant- free laxatives like Phillips?
Stimulant laxatives, such as those containing bisacodyl, work by stimulating fluid secretion and causing contractions of the colon to produce a bowel movement. These actions can cause intestinal distress in some people, which may lead to painful cramps. Phillips' products work differently. They don't contain stimulants and work with your body's natural processes to gently relieve constipation. As always, read the label of any product to make sure it's right for you. But if you're looking for a safe, gentle and stimulant-free laxative, it's an easy choice with Phillips'-- it's the only full line of laxatives that is completely stimulant-free.
Why should Phillips' be my choice for my laxative needs?
Not only is Phillips' the only line of laxatives that is completely stimulant-free, but all Phillips' products are unsurpassed in effectiveness and safety. Phillips' takes care of all your regularity needs, and has been trusted for over 125 years.
Phillips' Product Information
What flavors does Phillips' come in?
Phillips' Milk of Magnesia comes in Original, Fresh Mint, and Wild Cherry flavors.
Concentrated Phillips' Milk of Magnesia and Little Phillips’ come in Fresh Strawberry flavor.
Phillips' Chewable tablets are Mint flavored.
What forms does Phillips' come in?
Little Phillips’ Milk of Magnesia – Fresh Strawberry flavor
Phillips' Milk of Magnesia – Original, Wild Cherry, Fresh Mint
Phillips’ Concentrated Milk of Magnesia – Fresh Strawberry flavor
Phillips' M–O – Fresh Mint
Caplets – Phillips' Laxative Dietary Supplement
Liquid Gels – Phillips' Stool Softener
Tablets – Phillips' Chewable Tablets
What are the key ingredients used in the Phillips' family of products?
Phillips' Milk of Magnesia contains magnesium hydroxide and generally produces a bowel movement in 1/2 to 6 hours.
Concentrated Phillips’ Milk of Magnesia and Little Phillips’ Milk of Magnesia are more concentrated formulas of magnesium hydroxide so you take smaller doses. Both of these formulas generally produce a bowel movement in 1/2 to 6 hours.
Phillips' M-O contains Magnesium hydroxide, mineral oil and water and generally produces a bowel movement in 1/2 to 6 hours.
Phillips' Chewable Tablets contain magnesium stearate and generally produce a bowel movement in 1/2 to 6 hours.
Phillips' Stool Softener Liquid Gels contains docusate sodium that gently produces a bowel movement in approximately 12 to 72 hours.
Phillips' Dietary Supplement Laxative Caplets contain magnesium oxide.
Is there any gluten in Phillips' products?
We do not add any gluten to our products. However, we cannot guarantee that they are 100% gluten free as this product is produced in a facility that manufactures or packages other items which may contain gluten.
Can a diabetic use Phillips' products?
Their Original and Fresh Mint Milk of Magnesia products are sugar free. However, as with any medication, persons who are diabetic should check with their doctor before using this product.
Can I take Phillips' products if I take other medications?
It's recommended that you check with your doctor before taking any medications together. Some medications interfere with one another and thus can limit their effectiveness. If you are presently taking a prescription drug, do not take this product without checking with your doctor or other health professional.
Can I take Phillips' products if I am pregnant or nursing?
If you are pregnant or nursing, we recommend that you check with your doctor before using this or any other medication.
Why do I have to take Phillips' with water?
Phillips' products should be taken with a full glass (8 ounces) of fluid. To allow the product to work properly, you need to increase the water content in the large intestine.
Is there supposed to be a safety seal under the cap?
Phillips' liquid products are packaged with an imprinted plastic wrap that covers the bottle neck to protect against product tampering.
About Bayer Healthcare
Bayer HealthCare's success story in the pharmaceuticals business goes back more than 120 years. The first product marketed by the “Pharmaceutical Department” of Bayer was the antipyretic Phenacetin in 1888. Schering AG, the company acquired by Bayer in 2006, had already entered hormone research by the 1920s, offering the first medicine to treat menopause symptoms in 1928. For its part, Bayer quickly developed a reputation especially in the treatment of infectious diseases. Bayer researcher Gerhard Domagk, who discovered the antibacterial effect of sulfonamides, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1939.
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- do not exceed the maximum recommended daily dose in a 24 hour period
- shake well before use
- dose may be taken once a day preferably at bedtime, in divided doses, or as directed by a doctor. Drink a full glass (8 oz) of liquid with each dose.
- for accurate dosing, use the enclosed dosing cup
- mL = milliliter; TBSP = Tablespoon
Adults and children 12 years and older: 30 mL (2 TBSP) to 60 mL (4 TBSP)
Children 6 to 11 years: 15 mL (1 TBSP) to 30 mL (2 TBSP)
Children under 6 years: ask a doctor
Ask a doctor before use if you have kidney disease, a magnesium-restricted diet, stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting, or a sudden change in bowel habits that lasts over 14 days. Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are taking a prescription drug. This product may interact with certain prescription drugs.
Stop use and ask a doctor if:
- you have rectal bleeding or no bowel movement after using this product. These could be signs of a serious condition.
- you need to use a laxative for more than 1 week.
If pregnant of breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use. Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.
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