The last time, I was constipated for 2 weeks and was admitted to a local hospital. They gave me a bottle of magnesium citrate followed be a fleets enema. It worked almost immediately after the enema. This time no enema. How long should it take to work. It's already been 90 minutes. It's been 6 days since last b.m.
What should I do if this dose of magnesium citrate doesn't work?
Question posted by Bruce5150 on 5 Oct 2016
Last updated on 15 February 2017 by suzanne66
Magnesium citrate is an osmotic laxative used to treat constipation and works by drawing water into the intestines which softens the stools.
It usually produces results from between 30 minutes and 6 hours after dosing.
It is important to drink plenty of water so as not to become dehydrated when taking magnesium citrate.
Wait for a while longer, magnesium citrate is an effective laxative. If after 6 hours nothing has happened see your doctor again.
- Magnesium Citrate uses and safety info
- Magnesium Citrate information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Magnesium Citrate (detailed)
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