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Magnesium for constipation?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 03, 2012 at 2:38 PM

I have had chronic constipation my entire life, but it has gotten worse since becoming Paleo 2 months ago.

I went to the gastroenterologist to get looked at and he recommended I take some pills for colon motility. They were making me extremely hungry and anxious, so after 2 weeks of that and virtually no major improvement, I stopped taking them.

Now I am looking into magnesium supplementation. I have read a lot on here and on the internet, but still have a few questions. I read that Magnesium Citrate is what seems to work best, so I went out to look for it. They sell it here (I live in PERU) at around $35 per bottle! Seems outrageous to me to be paying so much, when the same brand is about $14 in the US!

So I am wondering, what other kinds of Magnesium would work? I have found Oxide (to mix with water and it also has Zinc) & Gluconate in capsules. Would any of these two work for my issue or should I just suck it up and spend the money on the Citrate?

I'd greatly appreciate some advice!

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on November 04, 2012
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When you ask to have your iron checked, get the doc to do the full panel: serum ferritin, serum iron, and total iron-binding capacity. Ferritin alone is not a terribly reliable indicator of iron status. (An Hb of 12-13, while technically "normal" and not unusual in women, is not particularly great. Hb shouldn't be used as a measure of iron level on its own, anyway.)

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on November 03, 2012
at 05:06 PM

Thank you so much for the response!

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on November 03, 2012
at 05:05 PM

Thank you! I will make sure to try some of those out and read up on that link!

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on November 03, 2012
at 05:04 PM

I was just thinking a few days ago I need to get some bloodwork done, just to see how everything is. I will make sure I check my iron. My hemoglobin is fine (12-13), though I am not sure if that is at all an indicator that my iron is too. As for the drugs they gave me, the active drug in them is Prucaloprida (brand Resolor)...it was HORRIBLE being on them, I would seriously spend the rest of my life on laxatives than take them again! They weren't even effective, they worked fine for 2 days but then I hardly noticed a difference.

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I was taking Mag Citrate and it worked for a bit but I had worked up to 1200mg/day and it stopped working. Switched to Mag Oxide and that worked great at first but same thing, kept having to up my dosage and my body got used to it. I take probiotics & dig exnysmes, eat fermented foods, dont over do the fiber and still am constipated. Im looking for an answer to this as well!

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on November 03, 2012
at 04:04 PM

Magnesium oxide, gluconate, sulfate and carbonate are not in a very absorbable form...aspartate, glycinate, ascorbate, taurate, or citrate are all easily absorbable but citrate is best for constipation. If that doesn't work you can use in cases of emergency an herbal laxative (cascara, senna, rhubarb...), milk of magnesia,a Dulcolax or Bisacodyl suppository or a Fleet Enema. You can try a good probiotic (several strains, enough quantity) and a prebiotic (some argue that prebotics feed bad bacteria but studies seem to show that they promote the growth of bifidobateria in your colon, reducing symptoms). Regarding fermented foods, If you have good stomach acid you'll destroy 99% of the probiotic organisms, so it's not very efficient...As a prebiotic you can use soluble fiber present in vegetables like sweet potatoes, yams,squash...Also constipation might be caused by an imbalance in several systems - thyroid or adrenal issues (stress can cause it, for example...). Buffered vitamin C might be useful. You might try to buy it from http://www.iherb.com/ because I think you don't have to pay any shipping in orders over 40$ (and Peru is included). That's what I use to order (I'm from Portugal).

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on November 03, 2012
at 05:06 PM

Thank you so much for the response!

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on November 03, 2012
at 04:43 PM

Your constipation is chronic -- that hints at a nervous system issue. What did your doctor give you? (I'm guessing it was domperidone -- also known as Motilium, Motinorm Costi, Nomit, there are probably other names in Peru). I hope it wasn't metoclopramide, because that would definitely make you anxious!

Magnesium oxide is perfectly ok if you can't find anything else. You can also try getting some pharmaceutical grade magnesium sulphate (Mg2 SO4, or Epsom salt, or "sal inglesa") and mix a solution to drink. It's rather bitter, but better absorbed than magnesium oxide, not at all chalky, and perfectly safe to take orally.

This may sound crazy at first, but have you had your iron levels checked?

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on November 03, 2012
at 05:04 PM

I was just thinking a few days ago I need to get some bloodwork done, just to see how everything is. I will make sure I check my iron. My hemoglobin is fine (12-13), though I am not sure if that is at all an indicator that my iron is too. As for the drugs they gave me, the active drug in them is Prucaloprida (brand Resolor)...it was HORRIBLE being on them, I would seriously spend the rest of my life on laxatives than take them again! They weren't even effective, they worked fine for 2 days but then I hardly noticed a difference.

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on November 03, 2012
at 04:11 PM

Your question is so timely! I almost died last night from being constipated. I was seriously considering going to the Emergency room, but the only thing that stopped me was the idea that people there would be with broken bones, blood, heard attack and when the doctor asks me "What is the problem?" I would have to answer "I am constipated." I was not ready for that.

By the way, the reason I was constipated - I drank a lot of raw milk (about 2 gallons) and each time I drink raw milk I get like this. I will never drink milk again (for now).

Are you taking any probiotics? Get some from the refrigerated section.

Anyway, I cannot answer your question about magnesium - I do not take any supplements other than probiotics (and they help). However, I have three suggestions:

  1. A very helpful link: Eugenia's rants and thoughts - constipation

  2. Raw beets. They always work for me. I am zero carbs now so I cannot really take them, but I will do it next time I drink raw milk :)

  3. prune juice. Again, I cannot drink it because I am zero carbs, but you might consider doing it on a regular basis.

  4. Fermented foods - raw! Different kinds.

  5. Many people recommend water kefir or milk kefir. I should have made kefir out of that raw milk... but that's too late now.

Hope you feel better!

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on November 03, 2012
at 05:05 PM

Thank you! I will make sure to try some of those out and read up on that link!

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on August 04, 2013
at 05:44 AM

Have u tried Lactulose?Works good!

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on July 26, 2013
at 07:13 PM

Iodine is another possibility--low thyroid is associated with slow digestion, and iodine is crucial in supporting the thyroid.

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