Magnesium hydroxide (Rx)
Magnesium hydroxide is an antacid that has been prescribed to your pet to assist with reducing the acid concentration in the stomach. These products are available as oral liquids, powders, capsules and tablets. Both over-the-counter and prescription formulations exist for Magnesium hydroxide. Discuss with your veterinarian which product will be most useful for your pet’s medical condition.
WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT?
- A type of antacid
- Given by mouth
REASONS FOR USING:
- To reduce stomach acidity and aid in the treatment of stomach inflammation (gastritis), esophageal reflux, esophageal inflammation (esophagitis), and stomach ulcers
- As an adjunct treatment when a magnesium deficiency exists (hypomagnesemia)
- May be used as an oral laxative
WHAT IF A DOSE IS MISSED?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Magnesium hydroxide should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- Long term use can result in abnormal electrolyte levels
- This medication can affect the gastrointestinal system and may cause a lack of appetite, diarrhea or loose stools
- Notify your veterinarian immediately if your pet experiences any adverse reactions to this product
CAN THIS PRODUCT BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Yes, but due to the changes with stomach acidity possible interactions may occur with: allopurinol, azole antifungals (i.e. ketoconazole, itraconazole), chloroquine, corticosteroids, digoxin, ethambutol, fluoroquinolones, H2 antagonists (i.e. ranitidine, famotidine, etc.), iron salts, isoniazid, penicillamine, phenothiazines, quinidine, sympathomimetic agents, tetracyclines, and thyroid hormones
- Drugs other than those listed may also interact with Magnesium hydroxide
- Do not give new food or medications without first talking to your veterinarian
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet receives more than the recommended amount.
WHAT TO TELL/ASK A VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING THIS PRODUCT?Talk to your veterinarian about:
- When you pet will need to be rechecked
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment
- What are the risks and benefits of using this form of therapy
- If your pet has experienced side effects on other drugs/products
- If your pet has experienced digestive upset now or ever
- If your pet has experienced liver or kidney disease now or ever
- If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies now or ever
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet’s medications can be given together.
- If your pet is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed your pet
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your pet’s condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
Speak to your veterinarian about easier to administrator and more efficacious antacids.
As with all prescribed medicines, Magnesium hydroxide should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed. It should be given only for the condition for which it was prescribed.
This is just a summary of information about Magnesium hydroxide. If you have any questions or concerns about this medication or for the condition it was prescribed, please contact your veterinarian.