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could magnesium citrate help me use the bathroom?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: It is an effective laxative.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What is magnesium citrate taken for?

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Dr. Olukayode Awosika
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Constipated?: It is used for treating magnesium deficiency states and it is also a saline laxative that is thought to work by increasing fluid in the small intestine. It usually results in a bowel movement within 30 minutes to 3 hours. This is why it is used for bowel preparation for colonoscopy and surgery.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to eat a few hours after taking magnesium citrate?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Safe: Safe.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to take both benefiber and magnesium citrate?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Safe: Safe.
A 33-year-old female asked:

Is magnesium citrate effective if flat?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
Yes: I presume you are referring to a "fizzy drink" that contains magnesium. The fizziness does not matter.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Can you please tell me how magnesium and magnesium citrate differ?

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Dr. Jeremy Gitomer
Nephrology and Dialysis 29 years experience
Cofactors: Magnesium has 2 positive charges and must be bound to something that has 2 negative charges when made. Magnesium can be bound to citrate, protein, sulfate and oxide. Each different formulation has differences in tolerability---citrate increases stooling and is used for constipation. Protein, oxide may allow better absorption and less diarrhea. Sulfate is a cofactor for IV magnesium.

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