Magnesium is a naturally occurring mineral. Magnesium is important for many systems in the body especially the muscles and nerves. Magnesium citrate also increases water in the intestines, which may induce defecation.
What is Magnesium Citrate (Citrate of Magnesia, Citroma)?
Magnesium citrate may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
There are many magnesium supplements available, but there are also differences in forms of supplements. Many people find combining supplements meets their needs and cuts down on the number of pills they take each day. Magnesium citrate and magnesium ascorbate are the two most common types of supplements that combine citric acid with magnesium.
Magnesium citrate is obtained from magnesium salt of citric acid and has a lower concentration of magnesium. Magnesium citrate is generally used as a laxative to treat occasional constipation as it increases the amount of water in the intestines.
Do not use magnesium citrate if you have kidney disease, are pregnant, or have stomach pain, nausea or vomiting unless directed to do so by your doctor.
Magnesium ascorbate combines vitamin C and magnesium, both vital to good health, into a powerful antioxidant. It doesn’t cause stomach irritation and is better tolerated by many people.
What Are The Possible Side Effects (Citrate of Magnesia, Citroma)?
Stop taking magnesium citrate and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives).
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take magnesium citrate and talk to your doctor if you experience diarrhea, upset stomach, dizziness, or sweating.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about magnesium citrate (Citrate of Magnesia, Citroma)?
Before taking magnesium citrate, tell your doctor if you have any other medical conditions, allergies, or if you take other medicines or other herbal/health supplements. Magnesium citrate may not be recommended in some situations.
Do not use magnesium citrate as a laxative if you have stomach (abdominal) pain, nausea, or vomiting, unless directed by a doctor. If you notice a sudden change in bowel habits that persists over a period of 2 weeks, consult your healthcare provider before using a laxative. Magnesium citrate should not be used for longer than one week, unless otherwise directed by your healthcare provider. Rectal bleeding or failure to have a bowel movement after use of a laxative may indicate a more serious condition; stop using magnesium citrate and contact your healthcare provider.