PREGNANCY AND BREASTFEEDING SAFETY: There is little risk of harm to the developing fetus.
Magnesium citrate can be safely and effectively used in nursing mothers because of minimal infant risk.
STORAGE: Store magnesium citrate between temperatures 8 C and 30 C (46 F and 86 F).
- 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.
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.
Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD, PhD
REFERENCE: NIH.gov. magnesium citrate.
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