A 44-year-old male asked:
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is the 460 mg of magnesium carbonate in gaviscon, the same as 460mg of magnesium citrate in a supplement?

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Dr. Anthony Fritz
32 years experience Internal Medicine
No: the Mg+ with carbonate is more of an antacid and the Mg+ with citrate is more of a laxative
Answered on Nov 30, 2014
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Dr. John Biery
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes & no: Magnesium is the same but the carbonate form is harder to absorb whereas the Citraite is easier & more complete absorption.
Answered on Dec 20, 2014
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Yes: I am unaware of any contraindication. However, make sure the alcohol consumption is moderate. With or without the Mag Citratee.

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