Compare Moviprep vs. Magnesium Citrate

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

Cleans your colon in preparation for a colonoscopy.

Cleans your colon and requires less volume intake than other bowel prep regimens.

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.

  • In studies, Moviprep (polyethylene glycol-electrolyte solution) was as effective as other laxatives for cleansing the colon.
  • Unlike other colonoscopy preps that taste salty, Moviprep (polyethylene glycol-electrolyte solution) is lemon flavored.
  • You drink less fluid with Moviprep (polyethylene glycol-electrolyte solution) compared with other bowel preparations.
  • 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.
  • You may experience common side effects such as abdominal bloating, diarrhea, thirst, dizziness, anal discomfort, and hunger.
  • Has a higher chance of causing sleep problems and serious chills than other colonscopy preparations.
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Powder for reconstitution
  • Liquid
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Side effects
12possible side effects
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Anal discomfort
  • Thirst
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Sleep problems
  • Shaking chills
  • Hunger
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
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The Citrate Of Magnesia (Magnesium Citrate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Choking or vomiting
    • Swallowing prblems
    • Gastric reflux
  • Red blood cell problems
    • G6PD deficiency
  • Abnormal heartbeats
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  • 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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