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Compound Summary for: CID 888

magnesium ion

Also known as: magnesium(2+), Magnesium cation, Mg++, Mg2+, MAGNESIUM(II), Magnesium, ion (Mg2+), UNII-T6V3LHY838, AG-G-81583
Molecular Formula: Mg+2   Molecular Weight: 24.305   InChIKey: JLVVSXFLKOJNIY-UHFFFAOYSA-N
Magnesium hydroxide is used primarily in "Milk of Magnesia", a white aqueous, mildly alkaline suspension of magnesium hydroxide formulated at about 8%w/v. Milk of magnesia is primarily used to alleviate constipation, but can also be used to relieve indigestion and heartburn. When taken internally by mouth as a laxative, the osmotic force of the magnesia suspension acts to draw fluids from the body and to retain those already within the lumen of the intestine, serving to distend the bowel, thus stimulating nerves within the colon wall, inducing peristalsis and resulting in evacuation of colonic contents.    From: DrugBank
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