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Brand: Phillip's / Type: Fights against heartburn, sour stomach & acid indigestion / Dosage Form: Liquid

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      23.03.2013 08:58
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      Effective medicine albeit not very tasty.

      Milk of magnesia.

      Milk of Magnesia has been around for many a year in fact it was first developed in the early 1800's. I have used milk of magnesia to control the discomfort of indigestion. The reason it is called milk of Magnesia is because it actually looks like milk but by no means tastes like milk. In fact although it is reasonably palatable tasting of peppermint it is not really great tasting at all due to the chalky consistency of the lotion. It does do what it says it will do and that is ease the symptoms of indigestion and helps to get rid of that bloating feeling or excess gas. Basically Milk of Magnesia is magnesium hydroxide and will cost more than a simple non branded bottle of Magnesium hydroxide emulsion which can be bought from the chemist at a much cheaper price.

      Where to buy?

      This is easily obtainable from any pharmacy or most supermarkets. The latest bottle I bought was from Asda which has its own pharmacy. The pharmacist is very knowledgeable which cannot be said of the pharmacy assistants. It is always a good idea if you can have a chat with the pharmacist as they can put you in the right direction where over the counter medicines are concerned. Similar acting drugs can be bought at much cheaper prices. Price £2.25 for 200 mls. The milk of magnesia is contained in a distinctive small blue plastic bottle. The lid acts as a measuring device.

      How to take Milk of Magnesia!

      This will help sort out your tummy and the soreness of indigestion and wind by coating the walls of the oesophagus and stomach lining neutralising the acids and gasses in your stomach. Dosage is one full cap full of Milk of Magnesia or 10mls if you are using a measuring spoon.

      Milk of magnesia can have a certain unhelpful side effect if you take too much. It can cause diarrhoea and that is certainly something that you do not want. In higher doses it can help with constipation. Thankfully that is one symptom I do not suffer with although I know quite a few people who do.

      If you are suffering from constipation this is also a good product to help induce a bowel movement taking from between one hour to six hours to work. If you have kidney disease or any renal problems then this medicine is not for you. You should take two to three capfuls prior to going to bed and over night the magnesium hydroxide will work by drawing fluids out of the walls of the bowel making the stools soft and easier to pass however for some people it can cause very loose stools. If it does then you need to up your fluid intake. People with low potassium levels should avoid this medicine.

      Does it work?

      Yes it does but it is not something that should be taken regularly. If you have regular indigestion or regular constipation then you should really seek medical advice as there are far more effective medicines available now a days that are much better for your health. Not only that there could be something more sinister underlying the symptoms of acidity or constipation.

      Would I recommend it?

      Yes I would but only for short term use. It is fairly fast acting and helps control the symptoms of dyspepsia (Indigestion) excessive gas and the feeling of bloating although be warned its not the most pleasant of tasting medicines. I am knocking one star off for the horrible chalky taste.

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        27.10.2012 19:31
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        Milk of magnesia can be bought in tablet form but I've never noticed it anywhere other than online

        Phillips Milk of Magnesia is available in original, mint and cherry flavours. There are lots of sizes of bottles available including 100ml, 200ml and 769ml.
        The bottle I got last week was 200ml in size and cost £2.75 for the original. It's available in most supermarkets.
        It comes in a royal blue coloured bottle with a rounded lid you can pour it into and drink out of as well as a white sealed lid like the kind on a medicine bottle so it can't be easily opened by children.

        The liquid is a white milky looking liquid which is used to soothe indigestion, acid, heartburn and an upset stomach. One or two 5ml spoons or measures in the cap of the liquid is enough to provide relief from these problems but you can take a few more if you are suffering from constipation.
        The maximum you can take in a day is 60ml. It also tells you not to use for more than 3 consecutive days as a laxative.
        As with most medications if you are taking medications or are pregnant you should consult your doctor before using it.
        When you drink the liquid the original still has a minty taste, the texture isn't that nice it leaves a chalky feeling in your mouth a bit like Rennies tablets.
        The unpleasant texture only lasts a minute and this works for me so it's not a problem.
        I find it is soothing and relieves the burning sensation I experience from acid indigestion. I find it slightly more effective than a Rennie tablet but it's easier to carry a tablet around than a bottle of this so I only use this in the house.

        I have read of a few different uses for this other than working as an antacid. Apparently it works as a primer before applying make up but I'm not going to test this out, not even for review purposes!
        It's also said to be good at treating acne, spots, dermatitis and dandruff but I haven't tested this either.
        I find it good and it works and is fast acting. I've never experienced any side effects from this but the main one seems to be diarrhoea if used often which I would expect as it is also a laxative.
        This has a shelf life of 4 years but should be disposed of after 6 months of opening.

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          22.04.2011 01:50
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          My review

          I suffer indigestion quiet a lot. Mostly if I have had a late dinner or something silly for instance a cheese and onion toasty at 11pm. I have had this mirror indigestion problem for a few years since I was pregnant actually. I have tried a few different products such as gaviscon, rennies and milk of magnesia liquid. Milk of magnesia liquid seems the most suitable one for me I prefer it hence I only ever buy it.

          I buy milk of magnesia liquid from asda as part of my normal shop. The bottle contains 100ml. For this size of bottle it costs £2.99. Milk of magnesia liquid is available from most good pharmacies and supermarkets.

          Milk of magnesia liquid is used to treat, indigestion, heartburn and acid reflux.
          The packaging of the milk of magnesia liquid is a royal blue plastic bottle, the lid is rounded and this is a measuring cap as well as the screw on lid. I like the lid being a measuring cup because i can take to bottle in my bag without fussing with spoons.

          Milk of magnesia liquid is white in colour like milk and very runny. It smells like toothpaste minty. When taking the milk of magnesia liquid it tastes of mint too but very chalky too as it coats the inside of my mouth and can feel it running all the way down my tubes. It doesn't taste too horrid and the after taste is just mild mint.
          It is advised to take a little drink of water after taking the milk of magnesia liquid.

          I find my indigestion soon goes after taking the milk of magnesia liquid. It roughly takes a few minutes for the indigestion to calm down. It feels soothing and does give me slight wind too but such a relief and much better than the uncomfortable pain of indigestion.

          I believe this is the best medication for indigestion and after trying the others listed above i come straight back to milk of magnesia liquid due to the price and how well the product works. I will continue to use milk of magnesia liquid for as long as i need too.

          I highly recommend milk of magnesia liquid .

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          21.03.2011 18:24
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          Keep this in the house

          Milk of Magnesia is something I always remember being in the bathroom cupboard when I was younger and is a product which I still use from time to time. I do not particularly suffer from indigestion or stomach upsets but its always useful to have something to hand just incase someone in the house does and Milk of Magnesia is the perfect product for this, reasonably cheap to buy and also very effective.

          What is Milk of Magnesia?
          Milk of Magnesia is also known as Magnesium Hydroxide or Mg(OH)2, the original formula of this product was produced by Charles Henry Phillips (hence its name Phillips Milk of Magnesia) but is now owned by the Bayer corporation. It was given its name 'Milk' of Magnesia due to its milky colour and appearance and because it contains the natural mineral magnesia. This particular product is designed to calm and relieve stomach upsets, indigestion, heartburn and stomach ulcers, it is an alkaline substance and works by neutralising anything acidic, therefore neutralising excess stomach acid which when left untreated can cause the previous problems I have mentioned. Milk of Magnesia does not just work as an antacid but also as a mild laxative, it helps to flush out the intestines drawing water from the surround tissues thus increasing the intestines activity.

          Packaging
          Milk of Magnesia comes in a distinctive bright blue plastic bottle, with a rounded lid. There is a large white square label on the front of the bottle, this is mainly taken up by the words "Phillips Milks of Magnesia" all written in large black lettering, underneath this in very pale blue writing it states that it is the "traditional mint flavour". The bottom part of the label is taken up by a wavy light blue pattern, written over this it states what the product does "Gentle soothing relief for upset stomachs and indigestion" this is written in dark blue writing which really stands out against the light blue pattern. The label on the front of the bottle is very basic and not overly eye catching, however you cannot fail to see what this product is. The back of the bottle has the same square white label stuck to it, this is covered in smaller writing which consists of ingredients, dosage, who can take the product and also any relevant warnings, all of this is very simple to read and easy to follow.

          Dosage and How to Take
          Milk of Magnesia is suitable for both adults and children over 3 years olds, however the dosage really does depend on the age of the person.
          *Adults - 1 to 2 5ml spoonfuls which is 1 to 2 lines on the measuring cup. This can be repeated as necessary up to 60ml in 24 hours

          *Children 3 to 12 years old - 1 5ml spoon full or the first line on the measuring cup. Repeat as necessary up to 30ml in 24 hours

          *Under 3 years old - This is not recommended in the dosage instructions on the back of the bottle and simply states as recommended by your doctor, so this should not be given to under 3 year olds unless recommended by a doctor.
          There is also an age restriction on this product and it cannot be bought by under 16 year olds. This product is quite mild making it suitable for children, when I was younger if I had an upset stomach and my mum wanted me to have some Milk of Magnesia to help calm my stomach she would add it to some milk and convince me that it was mint flavoured milk rather than a medicine. Mint flavoured milk isn't the best so I would not really recommend it but if it helps to get your child to take it then it is worth a try.

          The Taste and Appearance
          Milk of Magnesia really does look like milk, it is a creamy white in colour and has a runny consistency. This is described as having a minty flavour to it, now I hate taking this sort of product and try to avoid it unless really necessary, however I can honestly say that the taste of this product really isn't too bad at all. It has a minty taste to it and to me tasted just like a mint flavoured milk and there was no nasty after taste left in your mouth afterwards. The only thing I would say about Milk of Magnesia is that to be it does seem to have a bit of a chalky taste to it, I find this a bit hard to describe especially as Milk of Magnesia is a liquid but I always get the feeling that it is slightly chalky, however this could just be me and my dislike to any type of indigestion products.

          How it Works and Does it Work?
          Milk of Magnesia is taken orally and when used for an upset stomach it works by coating the area of the stomach which is affected and gently soothes it by neutralising the excess acid which is causing the problem whether that is heartburn, indigestion or any other irritation caused by stomach acid. As I have mentioned this is not a product I use a lot of as I do not have the need to but when I do I find it to be quite effective, I have only ever used it for mild stomach upsets so can only really comment on this but every time I have used it it has help to soothe the effected area. When drunk the liquid has almost a cooling effect as it neutralises the stomach acid and calms down the effected area, I usually find you can feel the cooling effect almost as soon as the product it taken but can really feel the fully effects of it within an hour. Depending on the severity of the stomach upset the length of time its lasts can sometimes be short lived, however if taken regularly (obviously within the recommended guidelines) its does start to build up and calm down the stomach upset. I have not tried it as a laxative so cannot comment on whether it works in this way, but as a antacid it is mild but effective.

          Price and Availability
          Milk of Magnesia can be purchased from most chemists including Superdrug and Boots, and can also be found in most supermarkets so it is widely available. In Tesco a 200ml bottle costs £2.77, I think in Boot and Superdrug it is slightly more expensive so the price does vary depending on where you buy it from. Personally I feel that this is reasonably price as the bottle does last for quite a long while especially if like me you hardly use it, for me it is just handy to have around just incase it is needed. It has quite a long shelf life, but does not cost a fortune should you need to replace the bottle at any time.

          Warnings and Precautions
          There are a few warnings on the back of the bottle which are worth reading before using the product, these include
          *Do not exceed the stated dose, should this happen speak to your doctor
          *If symptoms persist seek medical advise
          *This is classes as a medicine so consult your doctor before taking if you have any existing medical conditions or are on any other medication
          *Speak to your doctor before taking if you are pregnant, breast feeding or planning to become pregnancy
          *Speak to your doctor before taking if you suffer any allergies
          *Keep out of reach of children

          Ingredients
          The main ingredient of this product is 415mg of Magnesium Hydroxide per 5ml
          Other ingredients include, water, sodium bicarbonate, oil of peppermint, sodium saccharin, glycerol, sodium hypo chlorite

          Overall I would definitely recommend this product, it is very useful to have in the house and really does help to calm and relieve the symptoms of an upset stomach, although it is a medicine it does not taste too bad considering and compared to other medicines. As well as actually doing what it says it does it is also reasonably priced and is suitable for children over 3 years old. although I do not use my Milk of Magnesia on a regular basis I do like to have a bottle to hand as it can be useful should anyone in the house be suffering from a stomach upset or any related problems.

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            17.03.2011 21:39
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            It's a proven product from which many gain some relief

            Milk of Magnesia is a product I recall always being in our house as my Mum always used to suffer from indigestion. I don't recall ever having tasted it as a child, but my recollection of the product was transformed into actual regular use of the product in our house when our eldest son was suffering stomach problems.

            It was suggested by his doctor at the time to provide some relief. As it turned out, the lad had Crohns Disease and he now self-injects on a regular basis and is beyond the help of Milk of Magnesia.

            Anyway, whilst we had some in the house, both his mother and I used it from time to time to combat indigestion. It tastes really chalky and unpleasant and I am pleased that I now only need occasional recourse to this. My wife tells me that I eat too quickly (her fault for marrying a pig) and since I have taken extra time to savour each mouthful, indigestion is far less of a problem.

            Philips Milk of Magnesia is to all intents and purposes Magnesium Hydroxide and it is an alkaline suspension. I would recommend that you give it a shake prior to use as it does separate out a little if it is left for a while. It comes in a blue bottle and we have a half finished 200ml bottle in our bathroom cabinet. It works as an antacid in that it neutralises the production of excess acid in the stomach.

            For me, it did work after a while, but I was never fully convinced that it was the Milk of Magnesia working. It might just have been the natural digestion of the food and my stomach dealing with it in the natural manner. It also works as a laxative and provides relief for constipation, but I tend not to take it for this.

            As with all medicinal products , you are advised to read the information provided with the product. You should avoid over use of the product and be mindful of the possible side-effects.

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            19.12.2010 15:36
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            Heartburn healer.

            Recently, I had a really bad bout of stomach cramps. I blame this squarely on teaching. Children are lovely little beings, in the main, but they are also receptacles just filled to the brim with plague and pestilence. Anyway, these cramps were astonishingly hurty. The kind of pain that makes you grab the edge of a table until they've passed and start to idly wonder whether you're going to show up on the Really channel as the kind of woman who didn't realise she was pregnant until the child shot out halfway through a big wee. Thankfully, no progeny appeared but the pain wouldn't ease up and was accompanied by a bit of a runny tummy.

            So, I cantered off to the chemist, doubled over and pale-faced (I imagine I looked not unlike Frankenstein's assistant) and came away with some Buscopan and something I haven't had since I was a very small child: Milk of Magnesia. As a youngster, I absolutely loathed the stuff and threw a hissy fit if required to take it. Now, though, either my taste buds have matured in a most strange way, or they've improved the formula drastically as it's no longer absolutely vile-tasting. In fact, as far as these kinds of medicines go, it's pretty pleasant in a liquidised-Polo-Mints kind of way. Don't get me wrong: you're never going to want a Milk of Magnesia cocktail before dinner but when your point of comparison is Gaviscon liquid, this comes out fairly well.

            I have no intention of talking about the ingredients, because I did horrendously badly at chemistry in school and even now I can name but a mere 9 elements of the periodic table (damn you Sporcle. I'm freaking amazing at Simpsons' characters or corporate logos, though, so all those years spent doing my degree and master's evidently haven't been entirely wasted). Also, any of you who are liable to explode upon ingestion of Magnesium Hydroxide probably have the good sense to Google the ingredients before you buy. All you really need to know about this stuff is that it tastes cool and minty, with a slight chalky aftertaste. The cap doubles up as a measuring cup which is handy if you're slugging it back out of a brown paper bag in a car park, which is what I did, making me look like the most short-sighted/misguided alcoholic in town.

            Once taken, this will travel down to your tummy and make you less trumpy, settle any discomfort and ease heartburn. Beyond a certain amount this turns from a tummy calmer to a laxative, which seems like an odd thing to me. Up to a point it'll make sure everything's calm, but once you beach the magic 30ml quantity it'll cause your tummy contents to head on a mass exodus in a downwards direction. So, consider yourself warned. If the laxative effect is what you're after I imagine you could dispense with the measuring cap altogether and just stick a straw in there.

            As an aid to heartburn and indigestion I far prefer this to Gaviscon. It takes a little longer to work but, if you hate the aniseed taste and icky texture of Gaviscon as much as I do, you won't mind. As a tummy settler it's effective as long as the discomfort isn't too bad. It eased my runny tummy but did absolutely nothing for the cramps - the Buscopan was far more useful for that.

            Lastly, there is a warning on the back to consult your doctor or emergency department if you take too much. I'd think the local casualty nurses will laugh you out of the place if you confess that you've ODed on Milk of Magnesia so heed the warnings and stay within safe limits.

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              Recommended.

              I suffer fairly regularly from heartburn and indigestion which, I'm sure anyone who suffers from heartburn and indigestion can testify, is very unpleasant, painful and, at times, downright inconvenient. Phillips' Milk of Magnesia Liquid is my saving grace.

              The liquid comes in a 100 ml bottle which I tend to pick up from Boots for around £2.50 - although sometimes cheaper if I pick it up from my supermarket. Its available from almost any pharmacy or supermarket and so its very accessible at any time of the day and night (which is useful as I find the indigestion usually strikes at the most inconvenient time, like at 4am!). The lid on top of the bottle doubles as a measuring cup so that I can easily measure out the dose of liquid that I'm going to administer.

              The liquid is thin, white and milky looking and has a smell which smells fresh, cool and slightly minty. The taste itself is not pleasant - but it is also not disgusting. The overwheming taste is of chalkiness and mintiness. For me, its the chalkiness which is common to all antacids that is not very palatable, but I do find it easier to take in liquid form. Luckily the taste does not last long once the liquid has been swallowed, although it does leave me with a dry mouth afterwards.

              I tend to only need to take a 5ml dose of the Milk of Magnesia to have the desired effect. You can actually take 10mls per dose, but I have to admit that if I take this amount it tends to have a bit of a laxative effect which is undesirable. The label advises you to drink water or milk with the liquid - and I personally believe it works better to drink water as this combats the dry mouth as well.

              From my experience, I've found that the Milk of Magnesia works very quickly to combat my indigestion and heartburn - usually within 10 minutes of taking it. In addition to this, it is very effective. I would say that the pain and discomfort associated with these conditions is completely wiped out with this product - and so that makes me happy again.

              The only side effects that I've encountered is a dry mouth and a laxative effect if I take more than the 5mls. There are warnings regarding contraindications and side effects on the packet, but in my experience, this product is very gentle and effective and I unreservedly recommend it.

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              works very well

              Being ill has never been so much fun when Milk Of Magnesia is about! I first tried this a few years and it has long been the saviour of dicky tummies and indigestion. I have a good diet, but I do have the odd curry, which sometimes means the stomach needs a little settling later on in the evening.

              You can buy this from supermarkets and also chemists, easy to find from the bright blue plastic bottle. To take the product, just under the screw cap and measure out a capful of the mixture and swallow. You can also take it by serving the mixture on a serving spoon. The bottle will tell you how much to consume. Adults will generally need a higher dose of the stuff than children.

              The colour is a milky white colour, it even looks a bit like real milk which makes it more bearable to look at. The viscosity of the liquid is relatively thin, so be careful when you pour it out as it is prone to dripping. Now onto the best bit, which is the taste! A medicine with a good taste, surely not? This tastes succulent. There is a creamy taste initially which is then followed by a chalky taste with a subtle minty allure in the background. It is refreshing, delicate and really does taste yummy! The taste makes it suitable for adults and kids will probably like this too.

              More good news, it does work. It always settles my tummy within the hour and relieves stabbing pains and aches effectively. It is ideal to take abroad or to have at home for emergencies. The price of a bottle is about two to three pounds and should last you a few months, assuming you do not need to dip into it too often! Works well on stomach acid, tummy aches and upset tummies.

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                Every time I have eaten something dodgy or have a stomach upset for no apparent reason I seem to forget about this particular product and end up using it in the middle of the night when I feel worse.

                Phillip's Milk Of Magnesia Mint Liquid is designed to provide relief for stomach discomfort, indigestion, over acidity, heart burn, flatulence and constipation. This appears in its liquid form, but before this actually existed as a tablet, that you would just suck on and let it dissolve. Tasted chalky but it was convenient to carry with you anywhere and no doubt it would sort the stomach upset out in no time at all. Tablets disappeared and came back as a liquid but still had its slight chalkiness.

                This product comes in a blue plastic bottle with a wave image, it has a top that you just pull off, and this is also a measuring cup for your doses. Then there is another top which is just a secure screw top. It's a very simple design for a fantastic product. I have only seen this as a 200ml bottle but apparently you can get a 100ml bottle too. This 200ml product can cost just under £4. This may seem a lot, but for an upset stomach you only need two 5ml doses to sort it out (In other words it does last a long time).

                I have never taken this for any of the above conditions except for the upset stomach. As I mentioned earlier that only two 5ml doses are need to sort this out, but along with it you need to drink either water or milk with it. I think it's to enable the product to work its magic but mostly I find my mouth gets dry after consuming the product and if anything I need the glass of water to quench my thirst. So take a sip of milk or water every now and then. Make sure the product is shaken well before pouring it out, to enable the ingredients to mix well.


                Ingredients included: Well for every 15ml of the product it contains the active ingredient of 500mg magnesium. Other ingredients include the Mint Inactive Ingredients: Flavour, mineral oil, purified water, saccharin sodium, sodium hypochlorite.

                Appearance wise - it's like a white, slightly frothy liquid.

                Taste wise- as I mentioned earlier it does have a slightly chalkiness but you can taste a cool mint liquid. It's not at all a yucky taste it's bearable. In fact you won't be put off from consuming it. It does work well, after a few minutes the discomfort goes and you feel much better.

                Warnings on using product:

                Ask a doctor before use if:
                - You have kidney disease
                - Magnesium-restricted diet
                - Stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting
                - A sudden change in bowel habits that lasts over 14 days
                - Taking a prescription drug. This product may interact with certain prescription drugs.
                - If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use.

                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
                (Warnings taken from www.chemistdirect.co.uk/phillips-milk-of-magnesia)

                Overall it's a good product that does the trick for a dodgy tummy, it's possibly an improvement on the tablet version but it's a shame it's not as portable as it was in the tablet form.

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