magnesium citrate (Citrate of Magnesia, Citroma)

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    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

What is magnesium citrate-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

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.

What brand names are available for magnesium citrate-oral?

Citrate of Magnesia, Citroma

Is magnesium citrate-oral available as a generic drug?


Do I need a prescription for magnesium citrate-oral?


What are the uses for magnesium citrate-oral?

Magnesium citrate is used for bowel evacuation (bowel preparation or cleansing), constipation, and bowel irregularity.

What are the side effects of magnesium citrate-oral?

The most common side effects of magnesium citrate are:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/1/2016

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