Milk of magnesiaMilk of magnesia
is a saline-type laxative
. The magnesia pulls a saline solution from the bloodstream; this excess fluid produces a flushing effect within the intestines. Available over-the-counter, it is most commonly used in alleviating constipation
, but can also be used to relieve indigestion and heartburn, though the diarrhea
side effect usually precludes this usage.
The most common brand name is Phillips
' Milk of Magnesia.