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Magnesium Citrate Bowel Prep For Surgery
The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more
Can I take magnesium citrate ontop of my miralax (polyethylene glycol) for bowel prep? 1 gallon of miralax (polyethylene glycol) is too much, can I only drink half a gallon?
Just mag citrate: You can have just magnesium citrate. Why are you having bowel prep. Discuss with your physician if mag citrate is a substitute that is satisfactory alternative. Tell him miralax (polyethylene glycol) volume is too much. However though discomfort it is do-able for most people Read more
Surgery prep says take one bottle of magnesium citrate. Bought milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide). Same or different?
Different: Magnesium citrate is different than milk of magnsesia. Look for citrate in a colored glass bottle usually. Ask the pharmacist if you cannot find it. It is a clear liquid and will cause BM fairly soon after you ingest it so I advise to take it at home. Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) will also cause a bowel movement but not as rapidly. Read more
I have fructose malabsorption. I'm having a surgery which needs me on laxatives. Can I have magnesium citrate even though it contains saccharin?
Surgery: Saccharin is an artificial sweetner and as such use can use magnesium citrate without a problem. Read more
What is the minimum dose of magnesium citrate that I should take in order to have a smooth bowel movement?
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. Read more
3 weeks no bowel movement. Drank full bottle of magnesium citrate 24 hours ago and still nothing. What can I do?
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. Read more
Is it safe to give my 7 year old son magnesium citrate if he has only had one bowel movement in 7 days?
Constipation: Depends on the dose, I would talk to his doctor to see. Also, you can push fluids, peaches, pears or prunes. Either eating the fruit or drinking the juice. Read more
I've had pain in my abdomen for more than 24 hours. I drank magnesium citrate and yes I've had bowel movements but I still feel severe pain andthrobbin?
Got to see doc: Even though gas and abdominal cramping can cause severe pain, there are many other problems that may need to be addressed. Even with a BM your pain persists, means time to see a doc now. Read more
All symptoms for past few days: pain in lower right back side, no bowel movement, clamy hot and cold, sweats, fever at night. Have taken magnesium citrate but no BM.
Try a few doses of: Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide). If no BM, you may have a fecal impaction requiring manual removal. This can be done in a minor emergency facility. They can also check you for this fever, which should be measured. Seek medical help in the next 24-48 hrs or immediately if symptoms become worse. Read more
I drank magnesium citrate yesterday for severe acute constipation. It worked. Then I had the runs all day. But no bowel movement today. I'm worried.
Can I take magnesium citrate at 33 weeks pregnant? I have not had a bowel movement in over a week and I am experiencing pain from kidney stones
Please ask you OB what to do. Strong Laxative can stimulate Uterine contraction along with Peristalsis and then premature Labor. You do not want to have Premature Delivery.
If you have Kidney stones, then you must be under Urologists care along with OB.
Drink lots of water and fluid until you talk to YOUR doctors. Read more
Is it safe to take magnesium citrate immediately after a suppository for severe constipation due to pain meds after surgery?
Was very constipated and bloated with very hard stomach took magnesium citrate and felt relief but minutes after still got very bloated with pain in left lower abdomen, what could this be?
Constipation: Magnesium citrate temporarily relaxes the smooth muscle in the large intestine and allows hard stool to start to move through it. The pain you might be feeling is still the hard stool pushing its way through. I would use an OTC medication like Miralax (polyethylene glycol) which draws extra water into the large intestine, increasing motility and making the stool softer as it passes through to the rectum. Read more
Drinking 20oz of magnesium citrate for a colonoscopy prep. What are chances of magnesium overdose?
Drank 10oz of magnesium citrate 4.5 hrs ago and still nothing. How long does it take? (It's for a flex sig prep)
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