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Take Magnesium Citrate for Constipation When You Need to Loosen Up

By    |   Monday, 18 Jul 2016 04:42 PM

Magnesium citrate is among the remedies for occasional constipation. The supplement is considered to have gentle results, except if a person takes excess amounts.

Symptoms of constipation include bowel movements that are difficult to pass or going more than three days without a bowel movement, Healthline reports. Straining, a feeling of being unable to empty the bowels, or having hard, lumpy stools are other signs of constipation.

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Magnesium citrate for constipation relaxes the bowels for a laxative effect. It may improve conditions by increasing fluid in the small intestine, WebMD explains. It can empty the bowels in 30 minutes to three hours.

The supplement is often used before surgical procedures, such as colonoscopy and radiography, with the help of other medications. WebMD recommends using such products as stool softeners and laxatives before turning to magnesium citrate for constipation.

Brand names for magnesium citrate include Citrate of Magnesia and Citroma. It is sold in liquid or tablet form.

According to Everyday Health, proper dosage for men is 400 mg for ages 19 to 30 and 420 mg for those over age 30. Women should take 310 mg, but women over age 50 and pregnant women need 320 mg. If an overdose occurs, symptoms include severe stomach pain or diarrhea. Everyday Health advises to seek emergency treatment if an overdose occurs.

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Common side effects include gas, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. Magnesium citrate also can cause high levels of magnesium in the bloodstream.

Chronic constipation may indicate serious underlying conditions. It can lead to hemorrhoids, fecal impaction, or anal fissures, according to Healthline. People with chronic constipation are advised to consult a doctor.

While magnesium citrate for constipation relieves bowel problems, magnesium is an essential mineral for heart health, helping heart rhythm and heart function.

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