- Medicine Overview
This medication is used for a short time to treat occasional constipation. It is a laxative (osmotic-type) that is thought to work by drawing water into the intestines an effect that helps to cause movement of the intestines.
This medication is also used to treat symptoms caused by too much stomach acid such as heartburn upset stomach or indigestion. It is an antacid that works by lowering the amount of acid in the stomach.
Diarrhea may occur. If this effect persists or worsens tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
If your doctor has directed you to use this medication remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: symptoms of high magnesium levels (e.g