Magnesium Citrate
A bottle of magnesium citrate, an extremely effective cure for constipation
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From the “Too Much Information!” file...

I'd been a bit under the weather lately because, er, my plumbing had been stopped up (more bluntly: constipation), until Mom thought of something she'd used 40+ years ago: magnesium citrate.

An adult my size takes a dose of one bottle (10 ounces). We picked one up yesterday afternoon for just $0.99 plus tax, but it was worth its weight in gold.

I drank the whole bottle of the sour lemony stuff, then a large glass of water, and waited. Four hours later, it made itself known during a short but entirely effective trip to the bathroom. I'll spare you further details, but I'm feeling much better today.

It continues to work a bit for the next day, but otherwise doesn't have much residual effect, so it really seems to be an ideal cure. I thought others might wish to know so that they can keep it in mind for their own future needs.

This was my first (and hopefully last) bout with constipation, but rest assured that I'll keep you updated with more details, should they present themselves. 🙂

(By the way, the “U.S.P.” after the name on the label stands for “United States Pharmacopeia.”)

All 4 comments so far, oldest first...

More proof, as if more were needed, that you are what we in the hospital call “F.O.S”.

— comment by Marcina on August 7th, 2007 at 2:49am JST (14 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

What happened to the good old prune juice?

It ended up being “cleared out” with everything else I tried prior to the magnesium citrate. Prunes themselves just weren’t effective on my particular case, although I tried. —Jeffrey

— comment by chetan on August 7th, 2007 at 2:51am JST (14 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

I just had to drink a bottle of the stuff at the above link. Fleet Phospho-soda.
It feels like there is a tsunami in my stomach now. It’s HORRID, but a much needed part of the preparation for my colonoscopy tomorrow. I wonder if the stuff you had was similar?

— comment by Michael Menichetti on August 7th, 2007 at 11:34am JST (14 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

A lot of sports recovery drinks, powders and pills contain hefty doses of magnesium, and will have pretty much the same affect on you as the mixture you bought. Sugar alcohols (sorbitol, maltitol, etc) also are laxatives, so if you want something a bit more tasty next time, grab a bag of sugar free candy.

— comment by Corey Gilmore on August 9th, 2007 at 4:36am JST (14 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink
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