Any experience with citrate of magnesium for a prep?

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jeanneac
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   Posted 1/13/2010 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I am having a sigmoidoscopy and they gave me the citrate of magnesium prep. I am worried about it after what I have read when I did a search of the site. Some people said it aggravated their reflux. I asked for them to give me another prep or even if I could do the colonoscopy prep and they said no b/c they want me to use 2 fleet enemas right before my scope. Well, I have to travel for an hour to get to the clinic. I am a bit worried about this. I did the half lightly prep before with no problems. I also wonder about this prep giving me cramps. Any advice?
diagnosed 1/09 with "diverticular colitis" ?? location: sigmoid colon
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CrohnieToo
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   Posted 1/13/2010 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I've done the Mag Cit prep for colonoscopies and quite frankly PREFERRED the Mag Cit or the PhosphoSoda ANY DAY to ANY of the Lytely products. I never had a problem w/either the Mag Cit or the PS. They Lytely products made me nauseous as heck and I absolutely REFUSE to use them - until I finally heard about and tried Half Lytely. At least I can tolerate it.
 
Have you talked w/your gastro or his PA/NP about logistics of that hour drive and those 2 Fleets enemas?? They should be able to help you out w/the timing.
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jeanneac
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   Posted 1/13/2010 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks CrohnieToo, I feel relieved I didn't hear any bad stuff about the citrate of magnesium so far. But, it can be an individual thing. I just don't want any more cramps and pain, just like anyone here would feel.

I asked them about the enema thing and they said I could do one when I get there. That sounds convenient, doesn't it??? lol... Good grief. I will do one here at home and I guess I will bring one with me and ask them how/when/where I am supposed to do it there!
diagnosed 1/09 with "diverticular colitis" ?? location: sigmoid colon
localized scleroderma & IBS, low thyroid,claritin, advair, singulair, lisinopril, progesterone, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, zoloft, wellbutrin, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D
Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel
 


Valerie3
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   Posted 1/14/2010 5:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I just did it on Monday. By far the easiest prep I've done. I wasn't able to keep it down (I threw it up after about an hour and a half, which is longer than I've kept any other down). The taste wasn't too bad, I had the lemon one. Started working in about 45 mins, I was actually able to take a 4 hour nap after I threw it up, and I was still cleaned out after (in about an hour after I woke up). It was super easy for me, I only had to do one bottle though because I was doing a CT enterography, not sure if you have to do one or 2. I didn't get stomach pain anywhere near as close as I did with other preps. I also didn't have as much urgency. It just went a lot smoother overall. The preps always suck, but honestly, easiest one I've done.

MikeB
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   Posted 1/14/2010 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Magnesium citrate is an easy, low volume prep. MY GI uses it with 4 dulcolax the afternoon before, one bottle of mag cit that evening and one early the next morning, with an enema only if I am not running clear. I have never had any upper GI issues with it -- get the lime, it goes down easier, tastes a lot like Sprite.

CrohnieToo
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   Posted 1/14/2010 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I will say the easiest prep I ever did I went w/my daughter and granddaughters to a horse show. We hauled the horse trailer w/our old RV. After we got the horses unloaded and everything set up I drank the first bottle of Mag Cit and just watched out the window of the RV as my daughter and granddaughters competed in their classes. Late that afternoon I competed in one class and then drank the second bottle of Mag Cit. They got to do all the loading when the show was over and my daughter drove us home.

The key was having the RV and being able to park it right near the arena! I didn't have to leave the RV whilst the Mag Cit was doing its "thing" yet I got to watch most of their classes.
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.


JavaJay
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   Posted 1/15/2010 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
What exactly does this stuff taste like.  I know a lot of these preps have a salty taste to them.  Does the Mag Cit have one? 

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CrohnieToo
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   Posted 1/15/2010 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Its not the best tasting stuff but it is no where near so offensive as the NuLytely, GoLytely, etc. stuff and not even as bad as PhosphoSoda. The thing is the prep requires 2 bottles and the bottles are only 10 oz each. You can mix it w/whatever clear liquid you want. THE IMPORTANT thing is that you MUST be SURE to drink PLENTY of clear liquids so you are going to want to drink close to the same volume as if you were to do the Lytely products - BUT - only 20 ozs is not so great tasting, the rest of the volume can be any flavor or any clear liquid you want and can be drank over a much longer period of time. Right up until you have to go NPO.
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.


Valerie3
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   Posted 1/15/2010 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I didn't mix it with anything when I did it. It isn't THAT salty but it is a bit. The main thing you taste is that it's extremely sour. I just drink it slowly and took small sips, took about 15 mins for me to drink a 10 oz bottle. Worked fine for me. I heard if you mix it with Sprite, it tastes a lot better though.

jeanneac
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   Posted 1/15/2010 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
The citrate of magnesium has a sour and acidic taste to it. It seems like the kind of prep that could make you sick if you had any upper GI problems at all like reflux. It was hard for me to get down. I preferred the half lightly.
diagnosed 1/09 with "diverticular colitis" ?? location: sigmoid colon
localized scleroderma & IBS, low thyroid,claritin, advair, singulair, lisinopril, progesterone, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, zoloft, wellbutrin, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D
Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel
 


RLCJ22
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   Posted 4/10/2014 11:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank You one & all for the tips in taking magnesium citrate.

I had to take/try lemon as the Doctor insisted NO REDS -BLUE-PURPLES , prior to getting scoped at 8 am today

So very glad I googled ideas yeah

guyfeelsgood
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   Posted 4/12/2014 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
for me Ive had 6 colon checks in my life......all were good with the citrate MAG .. I barfed when i tried 2 of the prescription ones..( the powder you add to the big cup) not for me.. I think i kept down maybe half... I hear you can mix it with gatoraide ( the powder not citrate) just not red

the 1.50 bottle of citrate works fine..... i think the drug companies wanted some money here and had to make something.... this stuff has never been so called """hard on my kidneys" the reason BIG pharm has there stuff...

pmedic
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   Posted 4/14/2014 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Every scope I get, I used the mag citrate and a dulcolax. They always tell me I get clean as a whistle and not overwhelming like other preps.
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