Compare Magnesium Citrate vs. Senna-S

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Citrate Of Magnesia (Magnesium Citrate)

Prescription or OTC
Treats constipation.

Citrate Of Magnesia (Magnesium Citrate) works well if you need to really get things moving, but it's not a good medicine to manage chronic constipation.

Helps get things moving and softens things up.

Senna and docusate join forces to create Senna-S (Docusate / Senna), a vegetable-based laxative that gently relieves constipation.

4.4/ 7 average rating with 95 reviewsforSenna-S
Upsides
  • Really strong laxative that gets things moving fast.
  • Can also be used to prep your bowel before you go for surgery or colonoscopy. Your doctor will give you specific instructions if you use it this way.
  • The combination of a laxative and stool softener might work better for people with constipation caused by medicines.
  • The laxative in Docusate/Senna was used over 3,500 years ago, so it's been around for a while.
  • Docusate/Senna is clinically proven to relieve constipation from a variety of causes.
  • One of the few laxative/stool-softener combinations that can be given to children 2 and older.
  • It may not work for everyone, but people felt it was worth the hassle.
Downsides
  • It doesn't work for everyone and some people feel it's a hassle.
  • Some brands are of Magnesium Citrate are tinted red and can change the color of your stool.
  • Can cause dizziness, weakness, diarrhea, and the feeling that you "have to go right now".
  • Magnesium Citrate contains magnesium which prevents certain medicines from working properly. Make sure you take your dose of Magnesium Citrate at least 2 hours before or after other medicines.
  • You can't take it for more than a week or so.
  • Most people felt that it's not the most effective laxative out there, but they could deal with the hassle and it worked pretty well.
  • Docusate/Senna can cause cramping or the feeling that you "have to go right now".
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Dosage forms
  • Liquid
  • Pill
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Reviews
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95 
39%
think this treatment is worth it
29%
think this treatment works well
22%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Citrate Of Magnesia (Magnesium Citrate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Senna-S (Docusate / Senna) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Bowel blockage

    Age 60 or older

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Electrolyte imbalance

    Taking with medications that cause electrolyte imbalance

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Risk to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

  • Worsening of neuromuscular conditions

    Taking Citrate Of Magnesia (Magnesium Citrate) if you have kidney disease and neuromuscular disease

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • High magnesium levels

    Kidney disease

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Bowel blockage

    Age 60 or older

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Laxative dependence

    Age 60 or older

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Risk to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

  • Allergic reactions

    Allergy or sensitivity to aloe (cross-allergic reaction)

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