Magnesium citrate is an osmotic laxative, which means it draws water into the bowels to soften stools and stimulate bowel movements.
Here is a how-to guide for using Magnesium citrate to relieve constipation:
- Start with the lowest dosage of 200mg. The therapeutic dosage is between 200-400mg of magnesium citrate, but a higher dose is not always necessary.
- Take the magnesium before bed, it may also help with sleep quality. If it’s a powder make sure to stir it into a medium sized glass of water, and if it’s in tablet form make sure to have a glass of water with the tablet.
- Make sure you are near a bathroom before taking the magnesium citrate. In cases of severe constipation, it could take up to 8 hours, but it’s better to be near a toilet in case the effects are quicker.
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water throughout the day
- You will know if you have gotten the dosage right if you pass 3-4 stools the following day.
- If you don’t pass a stool the following day, increase the dose by 50-100mg the next night.