Compare Magnesium Citrate vs. Dok-plus

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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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.

Relieves occasional constipation.

Dok-plus (docusate and senna) is a good choice to help relieve constipation, but should only be used occasionally.

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.
  • This medicine is commonly used to help relieve occasional constipation.
  • Generally tolerable with few side effects.
  • There are many different formulations available over the counter, including generic.
  • Can take this medicine once a day.
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.
  • Doesn't offer immediate relief and is not meant for regular use.
  • Need to remember to separate your other medicines with Dok-plus (docusate and senna).
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Dosage forms
  • Liquid
  • Pill
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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 Dok-plus (docusate and senna) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Bowel blockage
    • Age 60 or older
    • Malignancy
    • Other condition that causes blockage or narrowing of bowel
    • Taking medications that cause constipation
  • Electrolyte imbalance
    • Taking with medications that cause electrolyte imbalance
    • Age 60 or older
  • 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
    • Taking Citrate Of Magnesia (Magnesium Citrate) if you have neuromuscular disease
  • High magnesium levels
    • Kidney disease
    • Taking other magnesium-containing medicines or supplements
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  • Stomach problems
  • Using mineral oil at the same time
  • Length of use
  • Use in children
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