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Milk of magnesia being poured. Magnesium hydroxide is an inorganic compound with the chemical formula Mg (OH)2. As a suspension in water, it is often called milk of magnesia because of its milk-like appearance. The solid mineral form of magnesium hydroxide is known as brucite. Magnesium hydroxide is a common component of antacids and laxatives; it interferes with the absorption of folic acid and iron.
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