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    magnesium citrate

    It has been suggested by doc that my son use magnesium citrate 3 times a week and then as needed as we are having some constipation issues. Would MIlk of Magnesia be a better root? A bit gentler...my son (20) refuses magnesium citrate as he fears the results.
    Milk of Magnesium states a bowel in 1/2 to 6 hours.........is that pretty consistent? Do you need to worry about accidents while sleeping or after the 6 hours? Would you take it at bedtime the night before bowel program or early am with the expectation of a bowel program within 4-6 hours?
    Please advise........

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    Magnesium Citrate seems kinda harsh to me.

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    I take stuff called citra-mag only as a last resort. It has to be really bad. I've only taken it 3 times in 10 years, instant diarrhea for me.

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    Try the MOM and a mini feets enema. Is he on enough stool softeners, feber and rinking plenty of water. Use a suppository every dah and do the bowe program daily if consitpated.
    Mag citrate is a strong laxative, he might need it to get eaned out and occasionally but 3 a week does seem strong, but if he has tried everything else and no results, he might need it.

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    Your doc probably realizes your son is deficient in Magnesium. Inadequate Mg reduces peristalsis. Supplementing 3x a week (depending on dosage) seems conservative enough to gently ease into regularity. I wouldn't fear instant, unexpected results from a gradual introduction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goat View Post
    Your doc probably realizes your son is deficient in Magnesium. Inadequate Mg reduces peristalsis. Supplementing 3x a week (depending on dosage) seems conservative enough to gently ease into regularity. I wouldn't fear instant, unexpected results from a gradual introduction.
    A magnesium supplement and magnesium citrate are two incredibly different things. The dose of mag citrate is normally a bottle and that almost always is good for a major blow out within .5 to 4 hours. Mag citrate works by drawing water from the body into the bowel. It doesn't work by increasing peristalsis.
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    I drink a bottle of magnesium citrate for consitpation in rehab and omg it push everything out hard and soft stool i felt so much relief. Be ready or have some help on standby. Later i realize they were giving me to much stool softer. I requested them to lighten up on the colace and they put me on fibercon. Fibercon made my stool bulk and things went back to normal. GL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue Pendleton View Post
    A magnesium supplement and magnesium citrate are two incredibly different things. The dose of mag citrate is normally a bottle and that almost always is good for a major blow out...
    Magnesium citrate, magnesium oxide, magnesium sulfate, magnesium carbonate [and others] are actually ALL forms of magnesium supplementation [1].

    One would likely suffer a blow-out if they consumed an entire bottle of Magnesium in ANY form.
    "Pharmacologic doses of magnesium in supplements can promote adverse effects such as diarrhea" [1]. "Magnesium excess almost always occurs only when magnesium is supplemented as a medication" [2].

    "Literature indicates that [magnesium] deficiencies may exist in both thirdworld and industrialized nations. RDA for the US is 6 mg/Kg/day, which translates to 420 mg for a 70 Kg man. The estimated intake in the US is 300 mg/day. Studies show that as much as 3 times this amount may be needed by the general population" [3].

    Slowly increasing magnesium supplements 3x a week is a conservative method to increase peristalsis & gently ease into regularity.

    1 - http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/magnesium.asp
    2 - http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/e...cle/002423.htm
    3 - 1996 FDA Science Forum. Abstract. http://www.mgwater.com/mgrda.shtml
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    My son takes 340 mg of magnesium citrate per day, split into 2 170 mg dosages. Been doing this daily since his accident 3 years ago. He also takes supplemental fiber twice per day and a stool softner (1), and 2 small vegetable laxatives per day. Has movements ever other day without any accidents or problems. Stools are soft, never any hard balls. He is a C-6 incomplete.

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    I just started 250 mg Magnesium Citrate/Oxide the night before BP and it seems to work well. I'm not constipated -- just trying to find alternative to Magic Bullet (using glycerin suppos now, instead).

    I was taking a Calcium/Magnesium combo, and it didn't do much because I guess the Calcium conteracts the Magnesium.

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