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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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What is the proper dosage of magnesium I should take for constipation? Female, 21 years old, about 140 pounds.

What is the proper dosage of magnesium I should take for constipation? Female, 21 years old, about 140 pounds.

Depends on type: There are many types of Magnesium. Magnesiums that are poorly absorbed, like Mag oxide, help by acting as a laxative. But magnesium deficiency can also cause constipation and well-absorbed forms like mag taurate and glycinate help. I advise trying 400 mg/day of well-absorbed forms, and you can increase dose if that does not help. High doses are safe. See http://tinyurl.com/m7oovm4
for details. ...Read more

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Taking magnesium for constipation. When can I expect effect?

Taking magnesium for constipation. When can I expect effect?

Depends: Depends on amount and your gut sensitivity to mg. Remeber to use cheap mg oxide as it has a high gut effect. Keep adding mg oxide slowly day by day until desired regular bm daily. If chronic constipation is the issue go to a4m.Com and use physician locator to find a local functional medicine doctor to help you diagnose and fix the underlying problem(s) like undiagnosed food allergens or candida. ...Read more

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Can magnesium cirate be taken on daily basis to relieve constipation?

Can magnesium cirate be taken on daily basis to relieve constipation?

Not a good plan.: This is not a good long term plan. Please consider other solutions before going to this extreme method. You will get caught in a difficult cycle that will require more extreme measures to fix.
Take a step back...
1-increase water intake
2-increase fiber intake
3-supplement with a more gentle agent (like miralax)
4-see your primary doctor and/or a gastroenterologist
good luck in your goal. ...Read more

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Will mag-ox 400 help my constipation, or do some types of magnesium not work for constipation?

Will mag-ox 400 help my constipation, or do some types of magnesium not work for constipation?

It may: Constipation is so common and is undoubtedly related to diet. Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) is magnesium and is in common use. Another bit of advice is taking enough vitamin c until you get diarrhea and then back off the dose. But your diet must also contain enough fruit and vegetables as god intended! ...Read more

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Is it ok to take magnesium citrate tablets daily for constipation.

Is it ok to take magnesium citrate tablets daily for constipation.

Not recommended: You do not want to take a laxative daily because if you do your colon will become dependent on it and you will not be able to have a bowel movement without it. Increase water and fiber. You can try a bulking agent like mirilax as needed. See your doctor for other treatments available or to diagnose the cause. ...Read more

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Can i magnesium as a supplement daily to ease my bowels? I'm prone to constipation.

Can i magnesium as a supplement daily to ease my bowels? I'm prone to constipation.

Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide)?: Do you mean milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide).You can use it for constipation .Also change of diet with increased fiber, vegies, fruits and plenty of fluids will help. ...Read more

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How to know what is better for constipation magnesium supplement, or foods high in magnesium?

How to know what is better for constipation magnesium supplement, or foods high in magnesium?

Supplements?: Taking the supplements gets you the same amount of magnesium every day. Day after day. Eating foods "high" in magnesium is going to be provide a variable amount of magnesium depending on your appetite, how the foods are prepared, what else you are eating and drinking. So, if you want reliable consistent magnesium intake, count on the supplements. If you just want "more" then the foods are ok. ...Read more

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Is a magnesium pill (250mg) effective to relieve constipation (in addition to fiber, plenty of water)?

Is a magnesium pill (250mg) effective to relieve constipation (in addition to fiber, plenty of water)?

No: Magnesium citrate solution (a liquid) can help with constipation in the same way that Miralax (polyethylene glycol) does. A magnesium pill though will not be as effective for constipation. Docusate is a pill that softens stool and can be helpful. Senna is another pill, a stimulant laxative, and works by increasing bowel activity. Fiber and fluids, yes, absolutely continue. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 600mg of magnesium while pregnant? Have bad constipation and this always helped before. Nothing else is helping.

Is it safe to take 600mg of magnesium while pregnant? Have bad constipation and this always helped before. Nothing else is helping.

CONSTIPATION: If you are pregnant specially 1st trimester, always ask your OB what rx you take because it might affect the baby. Magnesium so4 can be taken as much as 15 to 30 gm/ day, milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) 30 to 60 cc/day. ...Read more

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Hello Dr. I had a question regarding constipation relief. I took magnesium citrate three days ago and had success but have not had a BM since then?

Hello Dr. I had a question regarding constipation relief. I took magnesium citrate three days ago and had success but have not had a BM since then?

Constipation: May need more. I would move to the DASH eating plan to help.

DASH eating plan.
DASH Diet for Hypertension ISBN 9780743410076

Excerpt From: Thomas J. Moore & Mark Jenkins. “The DASH Diet for Hypertension.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/CcRDA.l

Get it.
Read it.
Use it.
And all will pass better. ...Read more

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Have severe constipation and need relief fast. Never had this problem before. Have tried a bottle of Magnesium Citrate and no help. I know I have not ?

Dr. John Moy Dr. Moy
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Have severe constipation and need relief fast. Never had this problem before. Have tried a bottle of Magnesium Citrate and no help. I know I have not ?

Water and salt: Primary cause of constipation is dehydration and lack of sea salt. Are you drinking any water and are you having sea salt intake? if not this is your primary cause. ...Read more

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Is 500mg of magnesium oxide safe for constipation?

Is 500mg of magnesium oxide safe for constipation?

Yes: Magnesium oxide is poorly absorbed in humans and will work for constipation although i prefer magnesium citrate. 500 mg is a safe dose although you may need to titrate the dose based on response.
More info on: http://drfairchild.Blogspot.Com/2012/12/magnesium-benefits.Html. ...Read more

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Can I have insomnia, constipation and weight gain due to low magnesium ?

Can I have insomnia, constipation and weight gain due to low magnesium ?

Yes, you could: Magnesium (mg) is involved in over 300 necessary enzymatic reactions in the body. Blood level could be "normal" but tissue level (where mg is active) low. Eating a highly processed food diet predisposes many of us to mg deficiency. It could be worth a try to see if supplementing helps you -- can begin w/mag citrate or glycinate 150-200 mg per day w/meals. If loose stools, go more slowly. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take magnesium citrate 133 mg twice a day, daily for constipation? Thanks in advance.

Is it safe to take magnesium citrate 133 mg twice a day, daily for constipation?

Thanks in advance.

Constipation & Mg: I would recommend that youj try some other alternatives such as Senna, Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) or even see your doctor about some prescription medications used to treat constipation. Magnesium will enter your systemic circulation and could possibly have an unintended effect on your blood electrolytes. ...Read more

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How to relieve sever constipation after drinking a bottle citroen laxative and a dose of milk of magnesium?

How to relieve sever constipation after drinking a bottle citroen laxative and a dose of milk of magnesium?

Meds and evaluation: Stool softeners and/or miralax, (polyethylene glycol) but evaluation is important to rule out metabolic issues, pelvic floor problems, adult hirschprung's disease, inflammation, GI stenosis, etc. Particularly if constipation persists. What evaluation have you undergone thus far?. ...Read more

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Is citrate of magnesium safe to relieve constipation? It's been three days constipated and too much horrible gas

Is citrate of magnesium safe to relieve  constipation?  It's been three days constipated and too much horrible gas

Safe on occasion: It is generally safe if used in the appropriate dose and not frequently, if you have no other medical problems (specifically kidney problems.). ...Read more

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I took 10 fl of magnesium citrate for constipation and its not working .does eating food and consuming lots of water make "it" go ?

I took 10 fl of magnesium citrate for constipation and its not working .does eating food and consuming lots of water make "it" go ?

Yes ....: Generous (64+ ounces daily) water and fluid intake is your best strategy to deal with constipation. Including high fiber foods to promote efficient transit through the bowel is also helpful: whole grain cereals, bread, brown rice, vegetables and fruit. A third strategy is daily physical activity such as 30-45 minutes of brisk walking. Put those together, and you should see some results! ...Read more

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