magnesium citrate (Citrate of Magnesia, Citroma)
GENERIC NAME: magnesium citrate
BRAND NAME: Citrate of Magnesia, Citroma
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Magnesium citrate is supplied as an oral tablet or liquid saline laxative. Magnesium citrate retains water in the intestines by osmosis. Increasing water in the bowel aids motility, usually producing a bowel movement within one-half to six hours.
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
PREPARATIONS: Liquid: 290 mg/ 5 ml. Tablet: 100 mg
STORAGE: Store magnesium citrate between temperatures 8 C and 30 C (46 F and 86 F).
PRESCRIBED FOR: Magnesium citrate is used for bowel evacuation (bowel preparation or cleansing), constipation, and bowel irregularity.
Safe and effective use of magnesium citrate is not established for children under the age of 2.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Magnesium citrate should not be combined with medications like eltrombopag (Promacta), doxycycline (Vibramycin), minocycline (Minocin), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), and levofloxacin (Levaquin) because magnesium citrate decreases absorption of these antibiotics and leads to decreased therapeutic effect.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/2/2014
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