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Magnesium Citrate - I downed a 10 fl oz bottle 6 hours ago. Nothing has happened. Why???

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Kat1641 9 Feb 2019

I have chronic and severe constipation, so I have to take magnesium pretty often. There were times that I would only go once, and if I'm lucky twice every two to three weeks. It'll work eventually, but I like to down another bottle the next day to be safe. Be sure to chug water, and a lot of water or else it won't work. Usually I drink just under a half gallon of o.j. or water after.

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herebydzin 23 Nov 2018

You want to drink a lot of water with mag citrate. It can be dehydrating especially if it gives you severe diarrhea. I try half a bottle and wait several hours, cause my experience is it can take as long as overnight for things to break loose especially if you're impacted and the feces are still high up in the intestine. Just take it easy and try and relax cause it can take time.

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Terryblum 18 Dec 2016

I was starting to get worried, it took me 4 hrs exactly. The cramping and bloating was terrible. I had not went for 4 days at least, I don't know how anyone could go a week or more.
Next time if there is and this happens to me a lot I'm going to make sure I drink more water and less soda pop.

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Richarhall29 26 Jan 2017

Do you take pain medication such as hydrocodone? I know for me if I take my medication from my Dr. And some of the side affects could be constipation. In this case I learn not to take my medication and magnesium sulfate or solace at the time. I hope I was some sort a help to you... Take care

Joeydog75 7 Aug 2016

I had 2 bouts of serious constipation, both for 7 days. On the second one, my Dr, took an X-ray and told me to go home and take one mag citrate and a suppository for 2 straight days. Did it the first day and nothing happened. Second day I felt bloated and sick. Took the second mag citrate and waited about 3 hours and then did the suppository. And then the flood gates opened. So be ready. If that had not worked I probably would have went to the ER. But number one rule is, talk to a Dr and make sure they know what's going on with you.

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andi555 2 May 2014

Try a liquid glycerin suppository.

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cupcake7667 5 Jan 2013

Be patient :) I often have no relief or movement until the next morning. It depends if you have been backed up for awhile as well but when it starts working, I'm cleaned out. Give it until the morning. If nothing, I've been instructed to drink another bottle but you should check with the pharmacist if you can't get ahold of your doctor. I've taken in when I've had nothing in 7 days. I don't wait that long anymore as I now use Relistor as my emergency go to med. Hope you feel better soon. (It's never ever worked in 6 hrs for me but everyone responds differently based on a number of factors) Best wishes!!!

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kjoinc2 6 Jan 2013

Thanks for your answer. I drank a second bottle at 7 pm as per colonoscopy prep. Nothing yet. I have had no solids for 2 days as well. I am to drink 96ozs of liquid with about 357grms if mirolax tomorrow to finish off prep. I cannot believe 2 bottles of mag citrate didn't do anything. Oh well Thanks again

cupcake7667 6 Jan 2013

Ugh! I think the old bowl prep was better. Well, I'd stay close to the house!!! Have you ever used mg citrate in the past? I can tell when it hits my intestines, my tummy starts bloating and bloating. I get so uncomfortable. I have to lay down. Now the stuff makes me throw up. They're going to have to use a rotor rooster to prep me ;) Good luck with your colonoscopy and happy passing!!! ( I am a dietitian and we talk about this type of stuff every day, I forget some people get a little offended or shy, I don't think you since you posted or I hope I haven't ) Are you pretty regular? If so you'd think it would have worked too but I do promise it will!!! Procedure on Monday? They really need to find an easy alternative as prepping is so unpleasant!!! Again, good luck!!!

Angkay07 20 April 2014

I drank one bottle yesterday morning about 7am and its almost 11 pm the following night. I had stomach gurgling the whole day. Then, the next morning back to how it was prior to taking it. If I take another one now and it doesn't work I'm going to go with "I'm broken"... and since January of this year I've been doing it monthly. This is the first time one bottle didn't make things happen by at least the next morning.

IcantgoinQtown 15 Dec 2014

I have not been able to have a bowel movement in at least a week. I can go a little bit but then nothing. When should you start to panic? I have taken laxatives everyday . I bought some mag citrate . I am taking a lot of pain meds I know that constipates people. Does anyone know if I should be concerned ?

Suz642 8 Nov 2016

Meds that cause constipation drive me nuts. A good routine of Pro-biotics and fiber daily really helps. Drink a lot of fluid. I am talking half your body weight in ounces of fluid. Example=you weight 150, 75 ounces of water a day! No kidding! free discount card

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