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Magnesium Citrate and Bisacodyl

Generic Name: Magnesium Citrate and Bisacodyl (mag NEE zhum SIT rate & bis a KOE dil)

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Nov 3, 2020.

Uses of Magnesium Citrate and Bisacodyl:

  • It is used to clean out the GI (gastrointestinal) tract.
  • It is used with a special imaging test of the kidneys.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Magnesium Citrate and Bisacodyl?

  • If you are allergic to magnesium citrate and bisacodyl; any part of magnesium citrate and bisacodyl; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
  • If you have any of these health problems: Bowel block, enlarged colon, hole in the GI (gastrointestinal) tract, or slow-moving GI (gastrointestinal) tract.
  • If you are dehydrated, talk with your doctor.
  • If you weigh less than 44 pounds (20 kilograms).

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with magnesium citrate and bisacodyl.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take magnesium citrate and bisacodyl with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Magnesium Citrate and Bisacodyl?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take magnesium citrate and bisacodyl. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Do not use other laxatives or stool softeners unless told to do so by the doctor.
  • If you are 65 or older, use magnesium citrate and bisacodyl with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using magnesium citrate and bisacodyl while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (Magnesium Citrate and Bisacodyl) best taken?

Use magnesium citrate and bisacodyl as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Take magnesium citrate and bisacodyl as your doctor has told you. Follow all instructions you have been given closely. This includes when to take magnesium citrate and bisacodyl, foods and drinks to avoid before the exam, and when to stop eating and drinking before the exam. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions.
  • Do not take other drugs within 1 hour of starting magnesium citrate and bisacodyl. Talk with your doctor about how to take your other drugs with magnesium citrate and bisacodyl.

Tablet:

  • Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
  • Take with a full glass of water.

Powder:

  • Mix with water as told before you take magnesium citrate and bisacodyl. Do not swallow the dry powder.
  • Chill the solution to make it taste better.
  • Shake well before use.
  • Drink clear liquids before, during, and after taking magnesium citrate and bisacodyl. Do not drink any liquids that are purple or red.
  • Do not drink alcohol or carbonated liquids.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
  • Call your doctor if you are not able to finish magnesium citrate and bisacodyl before your exam.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very bad belly pain.
  • Swelling of belly.
  • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Bleeding from rectum or rectal pain.
  • Black, tarry, or bloody stools.
  • Throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds.
  • This medicine may cause you to be dehydrated or have electrolyte problems. Rarely, this may be severe or deadly. Tell your doctor right away if you get dizzy, pass out, feel tired or weak, or are unable to pass urine. Tell your doctor right away if you have a fast or abnormal heartbeat, seizures, headache, mood changes, confusion, muscle pain or weakness, more thirst, not hungry, dry mouth or eyes, severe upset stomach or throwing up, or a change in the amount of urine produced.

What are some other side effects of Magnesium Citrate and Bisacodyl?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Bloating.
  • Belly pain.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Stomach cramps.
  • Anal irritation.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Magnesium Citrate and Bisacodyl?

  • Store tablets at room temperature.
  • Store powder at room temperature.
  • After mixing, store in a refrigerator. Check with the doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about how long magnesium citrate and bisacodyl may be used after mixing.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about magnesium citrate and bisacodyl, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

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