Generic Name: Magnesium Citrate (mag NEE zhum SIT rate)
Brand Name: Citroma, GoodSense Magnesium Citrate
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Oct 29, 2019.
Uses of Magnesium Citrate:
- It is used to clean out the GI (gastrointestinal) tract.
- It is used to treat constipation.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Magnesium Citrate?
- If you are allergic to magnesium citrate; any part of magnesium citrate; 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, belly pain, upset stomach, rectal bleeding, throwing up, or change in bowel habits lasting longer than 2 weeks.
- If you have kidney disease.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with magnesium citrate.
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 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?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take magnesium citrate. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- This medicine prevents many other drugs taken by mouth from getting into the body. If you take other drugs by mouth, take them at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after magnesium citrate. If you are not able to do this, talk with your doctor.
- If you are on a low magnesium or low sodium diet, talk with your doctor.
- Do not use magnesium citrate for more than 1 week unless told to do so by your doctor.
- If you have rectal bleeding or you do not have a bowel movement after using magnesium citrate, talk with your doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.
How is this medicine (Magnesium Citrate) best taken?
Use magnesium citrate as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Chill the solution to make it taste better.
- Take with a full glass of water.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- If you take magnesium citrate on a regular basis, 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.
- Many times magnesium citrate is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.
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.
What are some other side effects of Magnesium Citrate?
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:
- Stomach pain or diarrhea.
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?
- Store at room temperature in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Throw away any unused portion of opened bottle after 24 hours.
- 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, 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.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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