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A 39-year-old member asked:

no bowel movement after drinking magnesium citrate? should i take more?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Magnesium sulphate: It takes about 45 minutes to2to3 hours for it to start working, if it has been that long then you can drink more.It will work and you will go to bathroom again and again till your bowels are cleaned.
Dr. Muhammad-ali Zaydan
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
but if it does not work you might have bowel obstruction and might need work up by your doctor
May 10, 2012
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 24 years experience
Depends: People are different, and onset of action can vary from 2-6 hours or so. If sufficient time has elapsed, you may consider taking more, but if constipation is severe, or if there is increasing pain or discomfort, you may need to seek medical attention.

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Highland Heights, KY
A 38-year-old female asked:

3 weeks no bowel movement. Drank full bottle of magnesium citrate 24 hours ago and still nothing. What can I do?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Constipation: You need to see your doctor ASAP. He/she will likely test to determine if you have a blockage and help you fix it if one is there. This is a dangerous condition so please see doc now to be safe and to feel better. Peace and good health.

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