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Magnesium Citrate


Magnesium citrate increases water in the intestines, which may induce defecation. Magnesium is a mineral that is crucial to our body functions.



As A Saline Laxative

Magnesium citrate is a saline laxative that works by increasing fluid in the small intestine. It usually results in a bowel movement within 30 minutes to 3 hours.

Tt's also used to clean stool from the intestines before surgery or certain bowel procedures such as colonoscopy and radiography, usually with other products.

It may also be used for relief of constipation. However, milder products such as stool softeners, and bulk-forming laxatives are recommended whenever possible for constipation.

How to Use

  • Read and follow all directions on the product package, or follow the directions of your doctor.

  • If you are uncertain about any of the information about the product you are going to use, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

  • To improve taste, you can chill it in the refrigerator before use. Do not freeze though.

  • Drink a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) after taking it unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

  • If you notice symptoms of overuse, such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, decreased weight, or weakness, contact your doctor promptly.


Before taking magnesium citrate, tell your doctor or pharmacist if:

  • you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.
  • you have rectal bleeding, intestinal blockage (obstruction).
  • you have other bowel problems (e.g., ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids).
  • you have heart disease (e.g., irregular heartbeat).
  • you have kidney disease.
  • you have current stomach/abdominal symptoms (e.g., pain, cramping, persistent nausea/vomiting).
  • you have had a sudden change in bowel habits lasting more than 2 weeks.
  • you need to use a laxative for more than 1 week.
  • you help a child to use it who is younger than 2 year old.
  • you are breast-feeding.



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