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Is Mag Citrate the same as Citrate/Cit AC

Is Mag Citrate the same as Citrate/Cit AC
by Donna West in Livingston Texas, 10/09/2007

MAGNESIUM CITRATE (Oral) (Liquid) Drug and Prescription Information


MAGNESIUM CITRATE (Oral) (Liquid) Medication Classification


MAGNESIUM CITRATE (Oral) (Liquid) Brandname

Citrate Of Magnesia, Dulcolax Bowel Cleansing Kit, Fleet Prep Kit LS

MAGNESIUM CITRATE (Oral) (Liquid) is used for the Treatment

Magnesium Citrate (mag-NEE-zhum SIT-rate) Treats constipation, and empties the bowel before surgery or other medical procedures.

When To Not Use MAGNESIUM CITRATE (Oral) (Liquid)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to a laxative product of this type, or if you have heart block or severe kidney disease.

How Should You Use MAGNESIUM CITRATE (Oral) (Liquid)


  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • If you are using this medicine without a prescription, follow the instructions on the medicine label. Do not use this medicine for longer than 1 week unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
  • It is best to take this medicine on an empty stomach. You may chill the medicine in the refrigerator to make it taste better.
  • Measure the medicine with a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Proper MAGNESIUM CITRATE (Oral) (Liquid) Storage

Store MAGNESIUM CITRATE (Oral) (Liquid) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep MAGNESIUM CITRATE (Oral) (Liquid) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using MAGNESIUM CITRATE (Oral) (Liquid)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using blood thinners (Coumadin®), ciprofloxacin (Cipro®), digoxin (Lanoxin®), etidronate (Didronel®), sodium polystyrene sulfonate (Kayexalate®, Kionex®), or tetracycline.
  • Tell your doctor if you are on a low-salt diet.

MAGNESIUM CITRATE (Oral) (Liquid) Warnings

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have a bowel obstruction, a colostomy, or an ileostomy.
  • Stop using the medicine and call your doctor if you have severe stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, or blood in your stools.

MAGNESIUM CITRATE (Oral) (Liquid) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Confusion, weakness, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness or fainting
  • Severe diarrhea
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Mild diarrhea or stomach pain

MAGNESIUM CITRATE (Oral) (Liquid) Ratings

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Effectiveness: *****

Ease of Use: *****

Overall Satisfaction: *****


sir poop-a-lot, upstate,ny - 07/17/2012

I had to take this for a colonoscopy prep. The instructions said to take 5 dulcolax tabs and then a bottle of mag citrate an hour later. After that, repeat that same dosage later in the day. My concern was that I've taken dulcolax many times before (I'm often constipated due to medications I'm on) and I was concerned that 5 may not work well if at all. Maybe I've built up some sort of tolerance to them but I have to take about 8 to have them work predictably and effectively.I didn't want to have the prep not be effective and have to reschedule the procedure. As a result, I decided to do the overkill route and take everything at once. I did the 10 dulcolax tabs and then both bottles of mag citrate an hour later followed by lots and lots of water to hopefully prevent cramping. Strangely, about an hour and a half after the mag citrate (and 2.5 hours after the dulcolax) rather than having to go I instead felt really constipated. This feeling lasted about a half hour and then the prep finally started to work. There was no cramping, maybe that was due to all the water I drank with the citrate. The lemon taste isn't that bad if you chill it and then drink it quickly. The only problem at this point was that I now could not stop going to the bathroom. I went all day, during the night and even the following morning only a few hours before the procedure. I was afraid that they may have to cancel due to this but they went ahead with it and everything was fine. I was embarassed and didn't tell anyone at the facility that I did the prep all at once. I'm sure that's why I must have gone to the bathroom about 20 times. I'm sure it was the cleanest my intestines have been since birth. In summary, it was easy to take, very effective and minimal discomfort. Just follow the instructions instead of doing what I did.