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A 25-year-old female asked:

Is phillips milk of magnesium as good as citrate of magnesia before sigmoidoscopy?

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Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 46 years experience
Neither?: Many centers do not even recommend a laxative before flexible sigmoidoscopy and simply suggest one (usually 2) prepared enemas (Fleet's) be done within 2 hours before the procedure. It often helps to have a day of clear liquids before. I think most people believe mag citrate is "stronger" than milk of magnesia, (magnesium hydroxide) but, again, neither may be necessary. Good luck!

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