A 38-year-old male asked:
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is it ok to drink a bottle of magnesium citrate from walgreens once every couple months just to clean yourself out even if not constipated ?good taste

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Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Don't bother.: There's really no benefit to intermittently cleaning yourself out like this. You may feel quite good afterwards, but there's no discernible medical benefit, and quite frankly the more intensive forms of cleaning oneself out are rather risky. So, no, I would not advise that you do this.
Answered on Mar 26, 2016

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