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Magnesium Citrate- Is it okay to eat after taking?

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I'm 20 years old, and I've been having some problems with my bowels for the last few months. Been having to take miralax daily to ensure I clean enough stool out of my bowels. Currently waiting on results from an anorectal manometry I had done at a hospital a few weeks ago. Though I've felt really, really constipated over the last few days. I called my GI doctor about it and they said I should drink the bottle of magnesium citrate I had lying around here. (it was given to me before a sitz marker test, but I was called later that day by the nurse and told not to use it then.) I did around 5:10 or so, and now it's about 8:30. I've been in and out of the bathroom some, not as much progress so far as I had taking Suprep for my colonoscopy a few months back. Though I've also read that magnesium citrate is a lot more gentle than Suprep, so I'm assuming it won't happen all at once like it did with Suprep. I was just wondering if it would be safe to eat something soon, since I still don't think I'm done "cleaning out" and I haven't had anything to eat since around noon-ish. Took it mainly because I'd been feeling really constipated for the past week or so and even had been feeling a lot of abdominal pain and anal discomfort.
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replied March 31st, 2012
Welcome to e health forum.

Magnesium citrate, is used medicinally as a saline laxative and to completely empty the bowel prior to a major surgery or colonoscopy. It is also available as a over the counter laxative (Citromag or Citroma).

With regarding to your question, it is completely acceptable for you to eat anything, after taking the laxative preparations with magnesium citrate.

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