October 1, 2014
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

Drug Factsheets

 Health Home >> Medications 

Citro-Mag

(magnesium citrate)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

00262609 CITRO-MAG 50 MG/ML LIQUID

How does Citro-Mag work? What will it do for me?

Magnesium citrate belongs to a class of medications called osmotic laxatives and purgatives. It works by drawing and retaining water into the large colon. This softens the stool and stimulates the rhythmic movement of the muscles in the colon, leading to a bowel movement.

Magnesium citrate is used for the short-term of relief of constipation, and to cleanse the bowels prior to certain procedures, such as a colonoscopy. A bowel movement usually occurs between ½ hour to 6 hours after taking magnesium citrate.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Citro-Mag?

If you are taking this medication to treat constipation, the usual adult dose is 75 mL to 150 mL daily, taken by mouth. Children should only use magnesium citrate after consulting with their doctor. For children less than 6 years of age, the dose is based on weight. Children 6 to 12 years of age should take 100 mL to 150 mL per day. For children over 12 years of age, the dose is 150 mL to 300 mL per day. After taking magnesium citrate, drink a full glass of water (250 mL).

This medication should be used only for short-term relief of constipation on an as-needed basis, once or twice daily at most, or as directed by your doctor. Do not take this medication for more than one week, unless directed by your doctor.

If you are taking this medication to cleanse your bowels prior to a medical procedure, the usual adult dose is 300 mL (1 full bottle) as a single dose. The dose for children is based on body weight and is usually 4 mL per kg, with a maximum of 300 mL per dose. Before taking magnesium citrate, drink a full glass of water (250 mL) each hour for 4 to 6 hours before. Drink a full glass of water every hour for another 3 hours after taking the medication.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to use this medication exactly as recommended by your doctor.

This medication can be chilled in the refrigerator for better taste.

Stored this medication at 2°C to 30°C, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Citro-Mag come in?

Each 300 mL bottle of lemon-flavoured, effervescent, colourless solution contains anhydrous magnesium citrate 15 g. Nonmedicinal ingredients: natural and artificial flavouring, carbonic gas, purified water, sodium benzoate, sodium bicarbonate, and sorbitol.

Who should NOT take Citro-Mag?

Do not take this medication if you:

  • are allergic to magnesium citrate or any ingredients of this medication
  • have heart block (a problem with the heart's electrical system affecting the rate and rhythm of heartbeats)
  • have or are suspected to have intestinal obstruction
  • have severely reduced kidney function
  • have unexplained or undiagnosed abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, bleeding, or fever

Continued... 1 | 2 | Next


Did you find what you were looking for on our website? Please let us know.

Ad

The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and are meant to be discussed with your physician or other qualified health care professional before being acted on. Never disregard any advice given to you by your doctor or other qualified health care professional. Always seek the advice of a physician or other licensed health care professional regarding any questions you have about your medical condition(s) and treatment(s). This site is not a substitute for medical advice.

© 1996 - 2014 MediResource Inc. - MediResource reaches millions of Canadians each year.