What is Magnesium Citrate?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Young Again Magnesium Citrate

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See also: Cal-Mag Citramate Swanson Premium Triple Magnesium Complex

Magnesium citrate retains water in the intestine, softening stools and inducing the urge to defecate. It is a potent treatment for constipation.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Constipation 24 14
General health 23 11
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 5 5
Anxious mood 4 0
Muscle pain 4 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 2
Mild 7
None 32

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Magnesium Citrate

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 3
Bowel irregularity 1
Loose bowel movements 1
Tiredness 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Magnesium Citrate

Dosage Patients
1 tsp. daily 1
2 tablet(s) daily 1
3 other daily 1
100 mg daily 1
150 mg daily 1
150 mg twice daily 1
360 mg daily 1
200 mg twice daily 1
400 mg daily 1
500 mg daily 1

See all 13 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Magnesium Citrate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 11
Did not seem to work 8
Expense 2
Personal research 2
Side effects too severe 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Doctor's advice 1
See all 28 patients who've stopped taking Magnesium Citrate

Duration

Currently taking Magnesium Citrate

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Magnesium Citrate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 28
Usually 11
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 11
Not at all hard to take 24
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 4
< $25 15
Not specified 23
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4 patient evaluations for Magnesium Citrate

Mar 1, 2013 (Started Jan 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: am taking something else now that contains calcium
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 22, 2012 (Started Mar 03, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for cramps)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: diarrhea

Apr 11, 2011 (Started Mar 03, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for cramps)
  • Side effects
    Mild (diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: The cramps have stopped nearly entirely over the past 2-3 weeks!
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: diarrhea

Mar 15, 2011 (Started Mar 03, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for cramps)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I had moderate diarrhea when I began this. I stopped taking it for one day, and my cramps came back with a vengeance. The cramps subsided again when I began taking it again. The diarrhea lasted about three weeks.
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: diarrhea

  • 1 helpful mark

Jun 21, 2010 (Started Aug 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 1600 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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