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 25 13
General health 23 9
Cramps 9 5
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 5 4
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 0
Moderate 2
Mild 7
None 27

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
200 mg daily 2
800 mg daily 2
1 tsp. daily 1
2 tbs. daily 1
50 mg daily 1
100 mg three times daily 1
150 mg twice daily 1
500 mg daily 1
600 mg daily 1
500 mg three times daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Magnesium Citrate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 10
Did not seem to work 6
Personal research 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Expense 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 23 patients who’ve stopped taking Magnesium Citrate

Duration

Currently taking Magnesium Citrate

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

Stopped taking Magnesium Citrate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 26
Usually 8
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 10
Not at all hard to take 22
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 4
< $25 12
Not specified 20
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3 patient evaluations for Magnesium Citrate

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giantsfan4ever
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giantsfan4ever
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See giantsfan4ever's full Magnesium Citrate history

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
jaws-als
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jaws-als
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

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May 22, 2012 (Started Mar 03, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for ALS (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
kinma
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kinma
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: mild
Legs: severe
I have:
ALS

See kinma's full Magnesium Citrate history

Mar 7, 2010 (Started Apr 11, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Cramps)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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