magnesium citrate (Citrate of Magnesia, Citroma)

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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.

PRESCRIPTION: No

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.

DOSING:

  • Adults and children 12 years of age and older: Use 195 to 300 ml of magnesium citrate with a full glass of water. It may be taken as a single dose or divided doses or may also be used with 2 to 4 tablets at bedtime.
  • Children 6 to under 12 years of age: Use 90 to 210 ml of magnesium citrate with a full glass of water; it may be taken as a single dose or divided doses.
  • Children 2 to under 6 years of age: Use 60 to 90 ml of magnesium citrate; it may be taken as a single dose or divided doses with a maximum dose of 90 ml in 24 hours.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/2/2014



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