Magnesium Citrate Blow-Out

m 1+ points - Newb

It actually started about a week prior to that fateful night. One day, I didn't have a successful bowel movement. Well, that day turned into two days, and those two days turned into a week. I attempted several times to evacuate this massive block of feces during this time period, but no matter how hard I pushed (even though they say you're not supposed to push too hard), nothing came out.

So, after a week or so of not pooping and plenty of stomach pain, I felt the need to call in the troops. I went to the local drug store and picked up some Magnesium Citrate.

A lot of people don't even know about this product due to its lack of branding and its generic looking bottle; however, if you've ever visited a gastroenterologist, this is what they'll recommend as a stool softener.

So I got my bottle of MC and went to work that morning. Luckily I work in a small office with very few people, most of whom were not there that day. I drank the entire bottle that morning and then I waited. It was very crucial that this process was complete before 5:00 that day because it was the night of my fiancé's office Christmas party. Coincidentally, she just happened to work for a group of gastroenterologists.

Around lunchtime the pain in my stomach became overwhelming, to the point at which I had to call my boss and tell him I must go home immediately to lie down. I was having excruciating stomach pains. Once I got home, I could barely walk. I managed to make it to my bed, where I just laid still. It hurt to move at all. I never felt the urge to go, though, and I ended up falling asleep after about an hour.

I woke up around 3:30 or so still with the agony residing in my lower abdomen. Luckily my fiancé got off work early that day so she could get ready for the party. She came over. She knew about my predicament and offered any help she could, telling me I needed to get up and walk around a bit.

So I got up and did a load of laundry. Meanwhile, she took my spot on the bed and fell asleep. And not much longer after she dozed off, it happened.

I ran -- actually, it was much more of a stiff-legged hop -- from my kitchen all the way to the bathroom in my bedroom. This was it. It was time. I was going to do it no matter what. The pain was too great for this to be another false alarm. I told myself no matter how much it hurt, it was going to come out this time. So I bore down on the counter next to my toilet with one hand, gripped the soft green toilet seat with my other, closed my eyes, and pushed.

SLAM! It sounded like a bomb coming out of a cannon. I felt as if my rear end had dilated over four times its normal size for this birth. Out of breath, I sat there for a minute, allowing the small amounts of liquidy substance to follow this massive brick of poo out of my system.

Okay, I said to myself, I'd better flush this before the second wave of diarrhea hits me. I turned to face this evil villain that had plagued me for a week now, but the water was too dark to see the culprit that sat at the bottom like lead weight. Still, I was ready to say goodbye to this massive ball of waste. So, without a square of toilet paper in the bowl, I pushed the little death lever to flush my toilet.

Big mistake. The poop was so large and so thick that it alone completely stopped up my toilet. The water began to rise.

Now, I've had my share of overflowing toilets. I knew how to handle this. I'll just reach down and quickly turn off the water to avoid any spillage.

This time, that did not work. The water, the poo, and bits of God knows what all came pouring out. I tried to quickly swipe up my rugs and bathroom mats, but it was too late -- they had already been contaminated by that vile substance now all over the bathroom floor.

At a loss as to what to do, another problem quickly reared its head: I still had more in me that needed to immediately come out. With no time to think, I sat back down and let 'er rip. The toilet water had gone down some, so more overflowing wasn't much of an issue.

After I finished I stood up and, without any place to stand, stepped into my bathtub. When I looked over at the toilet, I was actually able to actually see what this batch looked like. To my surprise, there were very strange pieces of an unknown substance floating around in the bowl. I immediately became alarmed. What if this was part of my insides? What if some of my intestinal wall was afloat inside my toilet!?

Very nervous and panicky and still out of breath, I whimpered for my fiancé, asleep in the next room. It was a miracle she heard me. I told her there was a mess in the bathroom, but it was an emergency and I needed her to look at something.

My wonderful wife-to-be is always there for me and would do anything for me. And the fact that she worked at a gastroenterologist's helped; but she would have done this anyway. She opened the door and laughed because there I stood, clinging to my shower curtain, pantsless and still leaking from my rear end. I asked her to please look at what I saw. She did, and reassured me that it was some sort of food, more than likely barbecue eaten about three days before.

Slightly relieved, we conjured up a clean-up plan because, even after all this, we still had to get ready for her Christmas party in this very bathroom. (We have two bathrooms; however, the other one is my roommate's, and since he was home, I wasn't going to go walking through my house naked to get there.) I threw down some towels (the ones I didn't really like anyway) and my fiancé went into the kitchen to get some garbage bags. We cleaned up as best we could because time was running short and both of us needed showers (especially me). I still had urges to continue the evacuation process, but I was forced to hold it in until we reached a point where I could relieve myself in a toilet that could withstand massive amounts of liquid and poo. I let my fiancé shower first (after I cleaned the shower out a bit); I planned to follow while she blow-dried her hair.

We were really coming down to the wire now. It was finally my turn to get cleaned up. I hopped into the shower and turned on the water. Much to my surprise, there was absolutely no hot water. My butt and my legs were covered in fecal matter and I had to wash it all off with freezing cold water. I thought this night couldn't get any worse until I realized I needed to shave as well. So there I was, standing in a waterless shower, dry-shaving and turning on the water only to rinse my razor. I followed my painful (yet refreshing!) shave by throwing water at myself from the faucet and then trying to lather up some soap. It was a very difficult process and I hope to never have to do it again.

We ended up being about fifteen minutes late to the Christmas party, but no one really noticed, which was good because we didn't have to explain to anyone why we were late. Looking back at that night, I often laugh at the events and how they unfolded. That will be a Christmas party I never forget.

680 Comments on "Magnesium Citrate Blow-Out"

PooperGal's picture
k 500+ points

What a nightmare scenario. But you handled it like a trouper, Jackhole. And your fiancee -- she's amazing. Hope you scrubbed the bathroom down with bleach solution afterward! Gastroenterologists must be so used to the smell of crap that they wouldn't notice any remaining fecal aroma on your butt.

Stories like this make me so glad I don't work for the city sanitation department. Hauling Hefty trashbags full of shit soaked towels... they couldn't pay me enough.

"Searching for the Origin of the Feces"

"Searching for the Origin of the Feces"

the kidney stone's picture

OK, first off i've had to drink this vile brew before, it comes in 2 versions of satan; lime and cherry, thinking about it again, makes the bile come out of my mouth. both flavors, make licking a dogs anus seem like a really good idea. the after effects of this drano, are akin to being run over about 60 times by a truck until you are nothing but mush. the effects last for a week after where you anus contiunes to dry heave and all your intake of food tastes just like which flavor(lime, or cherry) you downed prior. It took me 2 weeks to recover from drinking this laxtive and i wish death on the person that invented it.

I had to go in for kidney surgery and they made me chug this, i vomited no less then 3 times under gun point drinking this, and spent all night on the pot steaming out the lime stenched stomiac lineing of my body. the very site of the picture above triggered off a vietnam era flashback.

never again i would rather die.

CC's picture

I might be wrong,but I recall taking a stool softener in pill form that you can swallow without chewing.I had a problem with hard stools that caused a small amount of bleeding.The doctor thought I might have been straining also.I remember an advertisment for a laxative containing a stool softener.It might have been Milk of Magnesia.It solved the problem gently.

Kam's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

CC's stool softener may have been Colace (Docusate sodium) which will certainly be more gentle, but for blasting out a shit plug like that described in this story, the heavy artillery (like Mag Citrate) frequently must be employed.

Jackhole, what were you eating that made you so bunged up for a whole week? Cement powder?

Poop Shooter's picture
k 500+ points

I have a feeling I will be downing a couple quarts of this Mag. citrate just prior to my next pooping championship game. If it would make my body cook up a brick sized turd, I would definately win!!

On a serious note, great story!! I am so happy it happened to you instead of me. My poop-chute felt pain for you reading the story. It's stories like this that make me happy I seldom have pooping issues!!

Poop Shooter!

Poop Shooter!

Rectal Badger's picture
l 100+ points

Wow...another woman out there who sticks by her man in times of poo need!

I'm sorry you had to go through such a hard thing Jackhole. That's the absolute worst.

KeepOnCrappin's picture
k 500+ points

I wish i had a woman to doo that.

"KOC -- the Cool Crapper" - Rat Droppings

GottaGoGirl's picture
i 2000+ points

It must be the maternal thing for a man to ask a woman to View His Poo, because I cannot imagine a woman asking a man to Look At Her Dook.

 the kidney stone's picture

just FYI to anybody thinking of using this stuff.

First off its EXTREMELY Salty flavored, they claim you can mix this stuff with sprite or 7UP. DON'T! you will never be able to enjoy your 7up or sprite again for the rest of your life without it congering up the memory of how this stuff tastes, and you will begin to gag.

If your bowels are functioning normally and you down this stuff, it will turn your solids into liquids, so don't expect to take this and have a massive dookey. you will down this and projectile vomit from your ass the blackest liquid you have ever seen. Oh, and the smell that follows is so lovely you get 2 choices lime and cherry scented aroma.

the worst part is this stuff claims to work in 2-4 hours. having drunk this twice now(salivating just thinking about it) i can atest it is unpredictible and both times i was struck nearly 10 hours later, after about 8 hours of the worst heartburn and gaging each time i burped retasting it, you can actaully feel your digestive system shutdown as this stuff takes effect.

If your seriously backed up use this as a last resort, try other means of fecal removal first.
this stuff will leave you shellshocked.

jackhole's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

I don't recall eating anything out of the ordinary to cause this. Work was pretty stressful at the moment, so it may have been that.

As for the flavors, our drugs store had Cherry and Lemon. Supposedly, they make Natural Orange Vanilla, Natural Blueberry, and Orange, along with the Cherry and Lemon (and I guess there's lime too). I don't know why, but I went with the Lemon. It may have even been Lemon-Lime. Anyway, it doesn't really matter, it tasted more like Soda Water. bleh.

Since that day I've been taking Colace (or the generic ColRite) on a daily basis. It helps big time.

I know my story was a bit long, but I completely forgot to mention what happened the next day. I had to call my apartment complex to come out unstop my toilet, because my crappy wal-mart plunger didn't phase this thing. So there I was on the phone with the maintenance people trying to explain that there was a large amount of feces lodged in my toilet and it was also filled with murky, crap filled water. When they called me to tell me when they'd be out to fix it, I made sure I was nowhere near my apartment. I gave them the whole day to get in there and get out without coming in contact with them. Well when I got home, I found 2 surprises in my bathroom. 1, the toilet was unstopped, and 2, they had left me their nice professional plumbers plunger for any future incidents. :) I'll be taking that to my new home this August! They probably left it in the same manner as anyone that has had to use their underwear as toilet paper would leave theirs behind. Just saying to themselves, "we can get another one."

paradise pooper's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

This is one of the best stories i have read on PR in the last year or so. Your fiancee has to be a keeper, too. not too many women could deal with a mess, and a question about what was floating in the mess, as well. A+ story.

Fart Poopie's picture
j 1000+ points

The lime flavored version of magnesium citrate is not that bad at all. It tastes like salty Sprite and is very easy to gulp down.

There's nothing at all bad about it going in. It's the evacuation that is a REAL pain in the ass. Crapping water for a week, or longer, makes for a lot of wiping and irritation of the anus.

I think everyone should try it once.

juiop's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

My favorite word: "SLAM!"

I actually felt the pain that you felt, probably not to the same degree, but certainly in the same manner.
juiop: a juicy poop

warm brown fuzzies

Anonymous Coward's picture

OMG-this is my new fave site!!!!! i think that talking about poo is the funniest thing ever. Apparently Capricorns like me love to talk about poop. I loved the comment about how this stuff comes in "three flavors of satan!"

Sharing your pain's picture

OUCH!!! I can certainly relate to your pain...I started trying to go yesterday afternoon, and here it is, 22 hours later and nothing. My friend went out and got me he Magnesium---lemon, if you're curious---and I am trying to work up the courage to drink it...
On the one hand, I want this out of me, but on the other...Well, now that I know what to expect, I'm terrified to drink this stuff...and my poor exit point is saying "no, please, no........."
Well, wish me luck...

bye...and yes, your fiance is a KEEPER!!! been there done that...the checking and cleaning...I even had to check out a 9" parasite that my hub passed...ugh...

Poop Shooter's picture
k 500+ points

9" parasite? What was the movie that had something like that called "Shit Weasles"? They were aliens and invading the earth or something. Nasty looking creatures they were amd a very stoopid movie.

Poop Shooter!

Poop Shooter!

EnricoSuave's picture

It all started (for me) about two weeks ago. I was shown a color photo of some poor guy's colon and digestive tract after years of eating meat. Didn't look good, oh.. and he was dead. That image has haunted me since and I knew what it was I'd have to do. I'd have to drink down.. The Green Bottle.

I went to the grocery store earlier today, got the Green Juice (Magnesium Citrate) and then got home. I drank the first half of the bottle down without too much problem. But I had to pretend I was doing lime-juice shots during the 2nd half of the bottle. It wasn't until I'd finished the bottle (adult dosage) that I thought to myself, "I wonder how fast this stuff works?". I did a Google search and came upon this website about JackHole's experience with this Evil Nectar.

It's been exactly thirty-eight minutes since I chugged down the last drop. Nothing too unordinary just yet. I feel a little warm and I can tell the MC is snaking it's way through my upper-intestines like a python through the Amazon jungle. Hmm.. wonder if I can use my mind to pretend this will have zero effect on me. I'll see how long I can hold out. They say you're supposed to take this stuff in the morning. I didn't think of that either until after I drank it down at 4pm.

Just heard some gurgling noises from within. It stopped. Everything's OK.

Until this stuff kicks in, if it ever does, check out the following article about this other guy's experience. I'm not dealing with any major blockage.. just want that BBQ meat from summer of '93 to make it's way outta me before it gives me colon cancer or something. They say you should drink this stuff more than like twice a year. If the article is any indication.. I don't see how anyone could be compelled to hammer down this hemlock even twice in a life-time.. let alone twice in a year. Basically.. ever puked up green bile? Ok, it tastes like that.. but with a twist of lime added for 'flavor'.

I have some documents to type, things to do.. but I'll keep you posted.

Fart Poopie's picture
j 1000+ points

EnricoSuave, for your own well being, don't drink magnesium citrate often. It will cause your intestines to have a laxative dependency, and that is really NOT GOOD. If you're interested in cleaning out your intestine, go get a colonic or use one of the many colon cleansing programs you can purchase online.

Google colonix. I did that one for a month, pooped about 5 times a day while on it and felt like I'd thoroughly cleansed everything out by the time I was done.
I was going to do a day by day of it for everyone here, but got lazy.

westsan's picture

Refrigerate it BEFORE YOU DRINK IT!!

It makes it bearable.
I take it every 6 months or a year after fasting 24 hours. I take it right b4 I go to sleep. When I wake up I poo out a huge blast. It also will take lots of fluids from your intestine also it seems so get liquids quick.
That morning I eat celery and roughage only.

You will not poo for 2 days or so. Nor will you fart for weeks if you eat right (even if you eat bad you wont fart for 2 weeks min).

Its a miracle drug; hidden as J says.
Boy-O-Boy J, you shure do have a gem of a fiancee. That story is too funny.

Double Flush's picture
k 500+ points

I'm interested in cleaning out all the stuff that gets left behind in my guts and kinda hangs around, but I'm very wary of what's out there and try to stay away from medicine outside of a low dose of ibuprofen. What's the best stuff to use?

Practicing the ancient Chinese art of double flushing... because sometimes, a single flush just isn't enough.

[Insert witty banter here]

Opiated & Constipated's picture

In my past, I was heavily addicted to street Drugs (morphine Sulphate primarily) and in the past year I have been on methadone. It causes me severe constipation as well as extremely painful pooping sessions. Sometimes I feel like I am passing small rocks that have a rigid texture.
I have tried lots of things to deal with this, including diet change, Fiber supplements, flaxseed oil... You name it, Ive tried it. The diet aspect helps quite a bit, but at times I stray from it and eat lots of sugary carbs.
I before I started these different techniques of combating my constipation my record length of time between movements was 3 weeks. I would get so bloated that I would look fat. By the second I really had to go, but out of pure fear I had been able to put it off for another week.
Anyways its been a while since Ive had any problems, untill recently. Just recently I have became very bloated and I can't seem to get it all out. Ive been taking fiber supplements(such as benefactor) religiously for a couple weeks now with little help.
I have been having BM's but I am constantly bloated. I took off work today from the discomfort and I am going to try taking this "MC" - cherry flavored. I know the pain is going to be agonizing, bot Oh' how I look forward to the feeling of being cleaned out.
I just fear that if I drink it now (1:30 p.m.) that it wont take effect untill 3:00 a.m. or something.
I will let you guys know how it goes.

Thanks for listening
any advice would be appreciated.

GottaGoGirl's picture
i 2000+ points

*Caustic comment countermanded*.

B ART FART's picture

I have recently had a trouble or two of my own, one that I have time to share now. Others to follow.

I was experiencing some excrutiating pain in my back and went to the doctor who put me on some unbelievable painkillers. Well anyone who has been on any good pain medication will attest that you may become a little plugged up. Because of my uncontrollable desire to constantly eat, I kept shoving in the food. Brats, burgers, chili, corn, sunflower seeds, etc. After many attempts (grunts, hefty bombardments of my hemmorhoids forcing only themselves out) I made a trip to the pharmacist. Best suggestion...Mag Citrate. My flavor of choice was lemon lime. And chilling it made all the difference to me. My good friend suggested that and she was right. What's a few more hours to wait on the chill?

So when that fateful moment arrived, I was just so grateful that I let 'er flow. UNTIL the sunflower seeds came "flowing". You see, I don't discard the shells. I eat the whole thing. Well bloody stool, butt hole and all, that entire bag of sunflower seeds eventually presented themselves again.

Big hint...if you're not pooping regularly, for cripe pete, MONITOR YOUR INTAKE. Eventually you will get that blast from the past and she ain't pretty the second time around.

B ART FART's picture

Back again - my sister thought this worthy of my time, so here goes...

A couple of months ago, probably when jackhole was experiencing his difficulty excreting bodily functions and then rectifying the situation, I was making my routine sales calls. I had a tremendous lunch - the main ingredient being grease. Because after a good night prior of drinking excessive beer, the only good remedy is a good greazy burger and fries. Well, early in the morning, I had my morning constitutional, a perfect lunch and really felt much better about my hangover. Making my afternoon calls, which were located at various points around a very large city, was not going to be a problem.

Trying to make my first afternoon appointment, I started to feel the gurgling in my stomach, followed by severe chills and then heat. It certainly got my attention. Being on the freeway, I thought that I had damned well better exit. I generally look for a higher classed hotel to do any "poo business" because they tend to keep the restrooms at their highest level of cleanliness. I do support those public restrooms that offer the pull out sheets to ensure proper sanitation. But much to the detriment of my good ole irish luck, no hotels were at this exit.

Ok, second choice...nope we didn't have time for that- the escapee was violently knocking at my backdoor. Guess who got it was opened to - the fast food carrier of the Angus Burger. Yep, damned near didn't make it to the bathroom. Farting along the way, highly offending the customers, I made my way through the "restaurant" praying that no stalls were in use. I got my wish. One available, but you want to know WHY it was available? Piddle on the seat. Well no time to waste, I needed that porcelain god and I needed it now. So I straddled myself where I thought I was above the pot and let it fly. Wiped until clean, pulled up my pants and turned around to flush. Uh oh, needless to say I was not directly above the hole. I was more towards the back where the seat is attached and my greasy burger and excessive beers parked themselves between the seat and the tank.

I made my way out to the sink area, washed and dried my hands and watched as the poor young sanitation engineer made his way to clean. On my way out of the bathroom, all I heard was "OH my God!" I quickly made my way out the door and into my car.

I'm fairly certain that young man more than likely walked out of the bathroom, went to his manager, told him that there was a "problem" in the bathroom and while the manager went to investigate, the poor soul wrote down his resignation and told the establishment to keep his last pay check. they needed it more than he.

Doo-Doo Brown's picture

Small world. I'm in doo-doo labor and did a search on magnesium citrate and found this site. I'm sure the stories will be more funny after I give birth to this 8lb 6oz rock in my lower GI. I decided to take the path of least resistance with a Phillips stool softener first...I took the Mg Citrate back in '02, and it worked FAST, but I had a hard plug at the bottom which made the pain of evacuation unbearable. Everything behind the plug was rushing for the exit, but the rock of Gibraltar was not to be moved. So after a sleepless night, I picked up an arsenal for this battle: stool softener, mineral oil, and Mg Citrate (which will be used as a last resort). This is the price for not drinking enough water and not eating fruit and veggies evryday, which I usually do. The funny thing is, a few weeks ago I was in the Dominican Republic, and I couldn't stop going long enough to sleep! Wish me luck. -DDB-

Doo Doo Brown aka Fudgie's picture

Six hours later and no doo-doo. After reading other entries I took the advice of those that refrigerated the Mg Citrate. I am downing it now...all gone! My chaser is orange juice (directions said drink 8 oz of liquid). Well here goes. I need to be empty by 7pm to attend a party (so I can drink margaritas and eat Mexican food with lots of cheese...maybe not). Current time is 1:30pm.

GottaGoGirl's picture
i 2000+ points

Oooh! A live, play-by-play serial! I love that! Staying tuned.....
Fecal Matters.

Been there "poo" many times's picture

I've had to use Mag. Cit. several times - here's a tip from a Dr. - after you've waited the necessary and varied time it takes for the stuff to work (usually about 6 hours in my case) - use a saline enema as soon as you feel like you could poop - this should help break up the blockage at the pooping end and make the process less painful - "attack it from both ends" as the Dr. told me. Fleet saline enema: yes that means you have to squirt water into your butt and hold it as long as possible (1-5 minutes) but it's worth it - I always use the two remedies together and I have never experienced the pain with pooping like Jackhole and others did. Also, set aside some time when you use Mag. Cit - if you're like me, you'll be poopin for hours.

IVP Hater's picture

OK... so I am preparing to go in for an IVP. This is a test to check for kidney stones. I've been having a bit of pain in my lower right flank and the Urologist hit me with a bottle Mag-Cit... lime flavor.

His instructions were as follows:
1) take half the bottle in the morning.
2) take the other half at 5pm

Liquid diet only... no food.

I might as well be in a catholic church, as many times as i've had to get up outta my chair and beeline for the nearest porcelain. My friends, this is not timid stuff.

Luckily, my wife had half a jar of tucks left over from a recent baby delivery.


Grab yourself a BUCKET of tucks pads, some A & D ointment and commence to applicatin'.


Well, it's about 10pm and there's no sign of slowing down.

For those that are contemplating this Mag-Cit stuff, gods speed. WOW!

(on a side note, it appears that I am 5 lbs lighter and my insides feel completely liberated. my anus hates me.)

Smelley's picture

You all have me absolutely terrified to take this stuff (MC)! I am having surgery on Tuesday and my doctor told me to take it...Wish me luck! It looks like I am going to need that and a few prayers too!

Smelley's picture

Holy crap (pun intended), this stuff (MC) tastes like PUKE!!!!!!!! What a day I am going to have today!

Still blocked's picture

I have been bloated for many days and realized that I havent pooped for over a week. I took the MC at noon and it's now 11pm. At 6pm I took 2 laxatives to help speed the process along and STILL nothing!! I can hear my tummy grumbling but I don't feel any closer to the poop coming out! I am desperate for some relief! Can anyone offer any suggestions or advice? I don't want to keep piling on the meds but if that's the only way....

preppingfortubeupthebutt's picture

you people are all wimps! i just chugged down the red bottle like it was nothing.. and liked it! didn't taste too bad, kinda like cherry soda with a little salt added. you try drinking halflytely or the other nastiness. leaves a nasty nasty feeling in your mouth like you've just drunk a bunch of mucus. anyway still waiting for the thing to kick in, drank it about 25 minutes ago and i need it to work fast. feeling a little nauseous but i think that's due to the halflytely adventure last night where i ended up puking after i drank 3 cups (approx 20 ozs out of 64!). wimps, that's what i gotta say.

GottaGoGirl's picture
i 2000+ points

You're a god.

Here2dayGonetoday's picture

Well, its 1037pm right now... and I took my MC in cherry flavor at 0730pm. I have went to the bathroom 7 times... no BS either... I heard it rumbling all through my stomach like 15 min after I took it... when I went the first time...which was 45 min after I took it, had enough time to finish an online exam; it was like polterguist.... I have never seen anything like it... then the rest of the time was particals that I dont even remeber eating within the past 2 weeks and a lot of liquid... And it didnt taste that bad either... It taste like sour patch kids in a bottle to me... So, I guess there are different stories for different bodies... I would talk longer, but I feel the tsunami hitting again....

healthy 1's picture
j 1000+ points

I take a liquid Magnesium supplement, and I can testify that too much Magnesium will clean you out very well.
It's not nice to fool mother nature.

"Two percent of the population think; three percent of the population think they think, and 95 percent of the population would rather die than think."

 4 times the fun's picture

Here's one for ya! I just had MAJOR surgery because of poop!

I have had poopy problems my entire life. When I was a baby, my mom and grandma used a rubber spoon to dig the poop out of me. Off to a great start, hugh? I would go weeks without going. Over the years I have seen many many many gastro doctors and I have tried pretty much everything (high fiber diets, drinking gallons of water a day, stool softeners, laxatives, meditation, exercise). I got sick of "nothing working" so I stopped trying.

Now-a-days I go about every 3 or 4 days and it isn't much. Typical for women (I discuss poop with others often). 3 weeks ago I started having pain just below my belly button. It would come in waves and was excrutiating. I have had poop-movement pain before but never like this. After about an hour of screaming, my husband made me go to the emergency room.

They ran every test on me they could (x-ray, sonogram, CT scan) and decided, after 5 hours of listening to me scream, it was "probably" my appendix. They rushed me into surgery after explaining that these days they perform laproscopic surgery to remove organs and you go home the next day. Piece of cake! I was just about to argue the fact that I hadn't pooped in more than a week and I really felt that it was an intestinal blockage but they gave me the "I don't give a crap about anything shot" and next thing I knew I was in my recovery room.

Groggy-as-all-get-out (morphine drip gooooood) I overheard the nurses talking about the unfortunate fact that the doctor couldn't find my appendix so he had to "make a bigger incision". I decided to investigate my abdomen. It was still distended from the surgery, but I could clearly see that my bikini days were over. I had a 4 inch incision from my navel straight down. The doctor visited me the next day to "apologize" for the longer incision (shouldn't he have looked at the CT scan before going in? men and asking for directions). He also wanted to tell me that my bowel is long enough for 4 people and that my poop must make "several sharp turns before exiting". So my poop has to travel 4 times farther than other people's. New Olympic sport-Obstical Course Pooping.

I was released after 3 days and sent home to heal, with the warning that the pain medicine I was taking might cause constipation. Yeah, thanks.

Fast forward to my one week, post-surgery check-up. The doctor comes in and tells me he has good news and bad news. Ok, let's hear it. Bad news-the pathology report came back on my appendix. It was completely healthy. Good news-and I quote-"It will never have to come out again!" Aheh.

He then begins to tell me that because my bowel system was full from beginning to end, he was pretty sure that I was suffering from an intestinal blockage. No sh*# Shirlock.

healthy 1's picture
j 1000+ points

That sound awful 4x the fun. This is why I never go to doctors. Half the time, they don't know what the hell they are doing.

They did a totally unneeded operation on you, you now have a scar for life, and the problem was never solved.

That is terrible. I have never heard of an extra long bowel.

I don't know if Magnesium Citrate would be any benefit to you.

Motherload should read this thread.
A man who farts in church, sits in his own pew.

"Two percent of the population think; three percent of the population think they think, and 95 percent of the population would rather die than think."

PrincessPOOP's picture

I love this site! But i wish I read it before drinking a 1/2 a bottle of lemon mag citrate! I had no idea it was so harsh. I'm not blocked up...I just wanted to clean myself out. Thought I could lose 5 lbs before seeing an ex boyfriend tomorrow. I just hope I am not up all night pooping! ugghh...I feel like a ticking time bomb. Do you think I will be ok since I only drank half?

Bunga Din's picture
j 1000+ points

I certainly doubt you'll be ok PrincessPoop, in fact I'm praying you won't for the sake of a good story. My guess is you will meet your paramour tomorrow. He'll be awestruck by your beauty and grace and how svelte you look. As he hugs you so tightly to him and whispers in your ear "Oh darling, how could I have let you get away from me, you are the Queen to my King, the very essence of my yearning". With that he will let go of you and push you back and ask you to give him a spin so he can see all of you, as you turn ever so coquettishly the gurgling in your bowels reaches a crescendo and you drop a load right then and there. He'll look you in the eye as you scamper off to the ladies room and say "you haven't changed a bit!"

4 times the fun's picture

Hey PrincessPoop! How did the date go? Did the 1/2 bottle affect you? I drank 1/4 of the bottle the other day and nothing happened. Of course, I am always "full of it". I am thinking of drinking 1/2 the bottle Saturday night so that I will hopefully "clean out" by Monday. I hope to get out last year's Thanksgiving meal before I eat this year's. I'm not kidding.

My Bum Hurts's picture

This site is too cool! I certainly feel for you jackhole. I am in a similar situation but for different reasons of course. I had a baby one month ago today. A week after I had him, I finally felt the urge to poo after not having gone for over a week. When I sat down to go, a few rock-like pieces came out but what followed was the hardest most painful thing I have ever felt next to childbirth. I was in such agony I thought for sure the dr. who delivered my baby stitched up my bung hole when he stitched up the rest of me. I ended up in the emergency room at midnight that night and the E.R. doc gave me a bottle of MC and told me to go the drugstore and get a dual-pack of enemas. I asked if there was anything else he could do and he got this creepy grin and said "Aside from trying to dig it out manually no, and I'm pretty sure you don't want that". I ended up doing one of the enemas, which hurt like hell (saline solution enemas don't feel good on week-old stitches and hemorrhoids). I took some ex-lax instead of the MC and got lucky with it. I stored the MC in my refrigerator for "in case" purposes. I was taking ex-lax every 2-3 days after that then switched to a stool softener capsule to try to keep from becoming dependent on laxatives for every bowel movement. Big mistake. Now I am back in the same position as I was a few weeks ago. I decided to go ahead and take the MC this afternoon around 3 because the bottle said it was supposed to work in 30 min. to 6 hours and I needed to get un-plugged in a hurry. My husband was supposed to go out of town for the weekend deer hunting and I asked him to stick around to help me with the baby while I was working on my "problem". I took the MC at 3pm. It is now inching toward 9pm and not a squattin' thing has happened. I came across this site a couple hours ago and now I am scared to death for what lies ahead. At least this time I don't have the pain of my stitches to worry about.

Gurgle Belly's picture

Thanks to anitbiotics and pain killers, I have been blocked for a few days. Ironicly, the meds were for a prostate infection and the pressure from the poop just made the pain worse.

7 p.m. - Last night

Downed a new flavor, Grape, of MC in two gulps. I have had MC a few times before and I highly recomend the grape. The lemon-lime was tolerable, but I can't stand anything cherry flavored. Getting the MC down has never been that bad. However, I have never been able to chase it with another 6-8oz of liquid.

I think I can give you a very close idea of the taste.

1. Get one of those cheap pop sicles. The ones in the plastic tubes that come in boxes of 1000 for $2. Grape, Cherry and Lemon-Lime..they will be there. If its frozen, let it melt.

2. Add as much salt as you can get disolved. Epson Salt is even better because it is basicly the same thing as MC.

Don't swollow the stuff. Its not toxic, but I do not know what the recomended dosage of Epson Salt is.

7 a.m. - Today - Thanksgiving

I have been peeing out my ass since 7:30, almost a 12 hour merathon. My ass is so raw I may need a skin-graft. I know I am not empty just yet. I may have another hour or 2 to go (again, I have done this a few times before).

Now, here is my trick to turn off the water-works after I feel the job is done. I quarter an Amodium and take 1 piece once an hour. Usualy I don't have to take more than 2 pieces (half an Amodium)befor...uhh-ooh....just a min...

Back. Anywho, that usualy gets me back to normal without plugging me back up. Now where did I put that damn Amodium...

Mom of pooper's picture

My son is drinking his 1 of 2 lemon and cherry concotion. He is due for surgery Tuesday (kidney, bladder) They are using parts of his intestines to patch the bladder. he keeps saying his lips are on fire when he drinks this? iam so not tasting it for him. Is it the salt ya think?
Hes not drinking so fast. But he has a way to go. He also has to go to the hospital tomorow early am to get a gallon of Go lightly pumped into his stomache by way of ng tube. Wish us luck

Mom of pooper's picture

Nope he puked now what???? sheesh

Proudpooper22's picture

well i got my tonsils out 12 days ago, and if that wasn't enough pain I haven't gone poo in 12 dAAYS becasue of all the pain medication they give adult tonsil victims. i have been taking ex lax, women's laxatives, all that stuff that usually works for me like no problem...except it hasn't even produced one terd in 2 weeks. so I bought the lemon MC at CVS and took it a half hour ago. I'm a grad student and have class at 6 pm so this better be over with soon!ahhh i'm getting nervous, this stuff doesn't give u hemorroids does it?

Bekka's picture

I have to have surgery tomorrow, and my doctor told me that starting at 2:00 i was to drink 2 bottles of magnesium citrate. thats right, not 1/2..not 1..but 2 bottles. I got the lemon flavor, seeing that was the other flavor they had left at wal-mart. Didnt have a chance to drink it until 4:00. So, i gulped down the first bottle, nothin happened for a while. Then boom like half an hour later I'm literally squirting out black juice, really appealing. I took a shower, feeling gross, and Gulped down the 2nd one. by that time i was literally holding my nose and trying to keep my heartburn down. Now here i am, at midnight, STILL pooping. my anus is burning, and its rubbed raw, and i swear its dripping blood. Im miserable, and tired, and I still have surgery tomorrow. Why, oh why, did i have to drink 2 bottles?

Katherine's picture

Thank you so much for your story. It made me laugh out loud for a long time uncontrollably!!! My almost 2 year old baby holds her stool and has recently been diagnosed to have a "elongated, redundant colon." She gets so constipated without medicine (holds for over 2 weeks) and can hold her stool for over a week on meds when I give her twice daily milk of magnesia...they just wanted me to give her this magnesium citrate before an x-ray...and I came across your story....I guess she and I are in for it...because just on the magnesia alone we get explosive poops all over the place dripping down her legs...I have had to throw away pants before because it just was too much to even think about washing. Most of the time I just rush her to the shower and spray her down. You are so awesome to share this story because it took the tension off my day ... I stress so much about my daughter's bowels and it was good to have some humor about it. Thanks.

hodgedogg's picture

well, I have been a little blocked up for about a week now, and my nurse told me that I should get ahold of this stuff, a book, and a lot of charmin. I was really nervous about taking the whole bottle, but I figured it couldn't be all that bad. Then I found this forum. I'm scared as can be now. it's been about 30 minutes so far and I feel like a walking time bomb.... Thanks all!!!

Serendipity's picture

Last night I drank down a bottle of magnesium citrate per my doctor's orders. I also had the pleasure of inserting a suppository. For some reason the suppository had a POINTED tip. Because shoving something up my ass isn't bad enough, it has to be sharp and pointy.

He actual wants me to do both of these things three days in a row to clean me out, but that is so not going to happen. So far my experience hasn't been nearly as violent as anyone here. The magnesium citrate tasted very sour, but wasn't as bad as I was expecting. I offered some to my husband, but he politely declined.

I started sometime around 6pm and right now it's 8am and I'm still making frequent trips to the bathroom. I haven't had too many issues with cramping, I suppose the suppository and drinking plenty of fluids helped with that. The only downside, aside from a burning bottom, is that I felt rather naseaus afterwards. I did feel better after eating something simple, like crackers.

Crapping that much is also rather exhausting. I can't imagine doing the same thing for three days in a row. I don't have that much free time. Even if I did I wouldn't want to spend it in the bathroom.

Anonymous Lady's picture

Well, I love your story. It's great to find a whole website dedicated to this kind of stuff!

I'm always backed up - well, lately it's gotten better, but not tonight. I'm about to take the good ol' MC - Lemon flavored, and really fear how bad my ass is going to be burning, but I guess thats better than all this pressure is feeling. :(

Phoenyxx's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

Not sure if it's the same thing, but years ago I had a couple of IVPs and had to drink something the evening before the tests that sounds as vile as what's being talked about here. What I was given was basically like a salty, foul-tasting version of ginger ale. Took forever to drink it all, and by early hours of the morning of the exam, I was running to the bathroom every few minutes. The worst of it was trying to hold it during the ride to the clinic. Once there I was dissapearing from the waiting room every few minutes to the bathroom until I called for the actual procedure, and during the exam I think I dodged a bullet (no WAD attack in the X-ray room). But afterwards I was still feeling a bit sick and still having to set speed records to the bathroom. And I still had to convince my mom that no, I was *not* going to school for the second half of the day, and ultimately was able to confine my fast bathroom trips to home. The effects of that crap I drank early the night before didn't subside until early that afternoon.

I think what made it worse also was that back then, my doctors were notrious for lying about not ordering invasive, painful, or just plain embarrassing procedures, only to order them anyway but not tell me (told my parents though, to schedule the appointment), so the only
warning for the IVPs was my mom handing the bottle of that salty fizzy drain cleaner passed off as medicine the day before the tests.

At least I lucked out a few years later: the imaging technology had improved so that there were easier ways to image the kidneys that didn't involve bowel cleaning.

Phoenyxx's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

correction- "notrious" sould be "notorious

Regular MC User's picture

What a great site! I've had intestinal issues all my life and as a result, have become a master at dealing with magnesium citrate and laxatives stronger than MC. Here are a few ways to deal with MC that will make the whole process easier:

1. If you have a suspicion that your constipation is to the point that you need to take MC, try to refrain from pushing too hard when you feel like you need to go. Personally, I just stop trying to poop for about 24 hours before I know I'm going to take MC, because I know I'm going to need to give my hiney a break before the MC kicks in. If you're already sore from the pushing, it's going to make the effects of the MC on your arsehole much more pronounced.

2. Again, if you know in advance you're going to be taking MC, drink LOTS of liquids and try to abstain from things like sunflower seeds (as mentioned by the poster above... yikes!) and things that might hurt coming out. Once I actually take the MC, I try to abstain from eating anything too fibrous or fatty (but that's just what works for me).

3. About an hour before taking the MC, I use a glycerine suppository to soften the hard stool that's plugging everything up to avoid the incredibly painful, explosive experience that will happen when the MC kicks in (if you've got a hard stool plug that's backing everything up). Though the suppositories don't do much for me by themselves (they're supposed to produce a bowel movement within an hour), when used in combination with MC, they do a decent job of softening the plug that's holding everything in so that when the MC kicks in, it's not terribly painful.

4. I weigh about 100 lbs (and am 5 feet tall), so I never take the entire 10 oz bottle of MC. If you're around my size, I've found that 7-8 oz is the perfect amount... it'll take care of the constipation and the resulting diarrhea will not last as long as it would if you drink the entire 10 oz.

5. When actually downing the MC, I put it over ice and drink as much as I can as fast as I can... it's much easier drinking it cold than at room temperature. As the bottle says, follow it with at least 8 oz of water. In the morning on an empty stomach is the best time to take it. After drinking it, the best way to get the taste out of my mouth is to brush my teeth and my tongue to get it all off and then gargle with Listerine to get the taste out of my throat. If I do that, I don't taste it later.

6. Once you take the MC, don't plan on doing anything for the next 24 hours, just to be safe. If I know I'm going to take it, I like to rent a bunch of DVDs or grab a few books and just hang out in the vicinity of the bathroom.

7. Once the MC starts taking effect, a good way to keep the arse-burning to a minimum is to have both toilet paper and baby wipes on hand. First wipe once with toilet paper (to get any big chunks off... gross, I know), then finish cleaning with the baby wipes (it does a really good job of getting everything off while being less abrasive than toilet paper), then wipe dry with more toilet paper.

8. It's extremely important to stay hydrated. I also like to have gatorade on hand if the diarrhea gets really bad, because it replaces electrolytes (which are imbalanced when you have severe diarrhea). A plunger, latex gloves (if your toilet overflows and you have to pick up poo-contaminated items), and a trash bag are also good things to have nearby on hand.

Good luck to anyone who has to take it. A few mentioned taking it for weight loss or cleansing reasons, and that's EXTREMELY dangerous, especially if it's done on a regular basis. Severe electrolyte imbalance (which can be caused by severe fluid loss, i.e., severe diarrhea) can cause all sorts of really bad problems (like heart, neurological, and bone issues). There are other, safer, more pleasant ways to clear your colon out with. I would only recommend MC to the very desperate suffering from constipation. If you have constipation for more than a week or two, you need to visit your doctor, as something more serious might be going on.

Help?!'s picture

I need to do a simple colon cleanse and I was wondering how much of the magnesium citrate I should drink- just the 10 fl.oz bottle or am I supposed to drink two? I think I'm going to go with one cause I don't want this to be too intense. Lemme know...

Anonymous Coward's picture

DEFINITELY not two... you could end up in the E.R.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I have not laughed so hard, so continuously, with tears pouring down my face, with howls and howls of laughter at yet another sentence even more hysterical than the last. At this point, the neighbors might be wondering what has gone wrong with the woman next door.

Well, of course, to me it is way too much funnier than the average person who just happens upon this page because, being a follower of alternative medicine and, having to bout with constipation forever, I can surely appreciate every word to the enth degree more than let's say a "casual passerby" ...

Actually I have never used this type of magnesium and would never buy anything at the DRUG STORE. I do use magnesium, preferably in powder form or in capsules with strengths of 400 mg or more per dose.

Now, try this on a regular basis and your BM's will not be as catastrophic as what you have described. I assure you they will work and you will have more natural BM's.

But, I must thank you for one of the most hysterical and enjoyable experiences I have had just reading about people's medical dilemmas.

ScaredofMC's picture

I have been constipated for the past couple of months due to the antidepressants I am on. Im a 26 yo female and I've tried EVERYTHING! Fiber, Colace, Milk of Magnesia, Prunes, Dulcolax. It's awful, so my Dr. told me to pick up this MC and take a bottle every couple of days for the next two weeks until i see him again. I went out to dinner with my boyfriend earlier this evening 6:30pm and decided to take this at around 9:30pm. UGh!!! It is sooooooo disgusting! Tastes like greasy and salty no frills lemon-lime soda! Now i've stumbled upon this website and after reading your stories, I am terrified. My Dr. did refer to this stuff as a little secret weapon of his, "the Rocket". I should have known once he said that, this is not going to be pleasant. I am scared that i am going to have excruciating cramping. I guess im not going to work tomorrow! I probably am not going to be able to sleep because I'll be awaiting the awful poop pains! Constipation really sucks!

Hercules Gut!!!'s picture

Well...after being diagnosed with Diverticulitis, I went several days without a BM and experienced a high-level of uncomfortableness. Doc recommended MC, said within 2 hours I should be all set.

Well, nothing after 3 days. I've always had a great digestive system; spicy foods, roughage, etc...nothing could really upset it.

Now that I've handled MC...I have people bowing down, like I'm some sort of god. Its actually quite funny.

Anyhow, I only took one dosage. We tried an enema too, no luck.

I'm on a prescription laxative now, doc said it would work over night. I'm on day 3 of IT, and I'm finally moving along...but its liquid, and burns like a SOB. Using lots of TP.

And the odor. My god, its Lysol after every incident...door closed and fans on. I only hope it dissipates before tonights party.

To all with BM problems I sympathize, I was extremely uncomfortable.


cleansing idiot's picture

Does anyone know how MC compares with Oxipowder which I've heard is a more "naturally soothing" way of blowing up your Johnny....BTW, i have just taken 8oz of the cherry flavored MC and, honestly, its not that bad really. Just listen to the previous poster and brush your teefises and gargle with scope afterward. I can feel it coursing thru my intestines too - its really disconcerting.

Anonymous Coward's picture

So, last Friday, I think I'm gonna "clean out" for the new year, so I get super colon cleanser...take the 4 pill dosage after work and nothing, the directions say to take that dose 2 times a day, so when I get up in the morning, still nothing, so I take another dose, 4 big pills..2 days, nothing, so, I figure the natural way isn't the best way and resort to the "big guns" ex-lax..take two at bedtime, wake up....all day...,.nothing, okay, repeat the 2 pills at bed time, next day, nothing...a week goes by, call the doc, she says stool softners or try suppositories, I go straight for the suppositories (I NEED TO POOP, Damnit!) and would you believe....nothing! So, I got me a bottle of CM and after work tomorrow, I'm gonna hope for the best....any suggestions from anyone?

Anonymous Coward's picture

I would just say good luck!!, lol.. I have taken MC two times and it CLEARS YOU OUT.. It's INSANE. No joke. I just drank a bottle... been stopped up for about 6 days. Yikes! Here we go again!!! lol

Gel's picture

I was constipated for 11 days & finally was reccommended to take this stuff. Make sure you drink some water with it, it will make you feel even more backed up for a little while, but before long you'll deff be going. This stuff cleaned me out, completely! I feel sooo much better.

poopy pooperton's picture

i am so glad i came across this story as i was getting ready to chug the green death for a kidney xray tomorrow. all other sites describing my procedure portray magnesium citrate as your friend but i knew i shouldn't trust them. thank you for opening my eyes and showing me this stuff should go down the toilet in the first place instead of from the second. they'll just have to take the little pictures around my happily packed intestines.

this sucks ass's picture

Alright so i've been severely constipated for the past week. I went to my doctor yesterday and he told me to get magnesium citrate. I drank it yesterday at 12:30 and it is now the next day at 11:30....nothing has happened....what the hell!?!?!

citrate =nitrate girl's picture

okay I took this one evening after my shift, I am a cop, so I am always eating things I shouldn't. Well unforturnately I had gotten sick with the flu and took some antibiotics that made me constipated. Little balls were all I could manange. My husband was laughing because he's an EMT/fireman and was actually telling me a story about transporting a constipated patient, when I decided to take this stuff, because there was no way I was going to go the ER where his co-workers and people I know work because I couldnt poop. Well I took it a 6 pm on the rocks and had the nerve to sip it with a straw. The taste was just annoying so I added water. I only sipped about 1/2 before I got the bubble gut. Needless to say sipping it like a mix drink worked fairly quick because by 7:30 I really had a good relationship with my bathroom. I am so thankful to my husband for installing a television in the master bath. Because I was there long enough to watch the Law and Order marathon. It made me so hot, I started to sweat and I dont even sweat while working out. I thought for a minute I had been invited the exorcism on Scary Movie. I was waiting for flies to take over. I was glad my hubby was away on his 24 hour shift. My 9 year old son entered the master bedroom to ask for something, takes one whiff turns around and decides we were not related anymore. It cleaned me out and actually made me a few pounds lighter. I recommend you use this before retreating to manual removal as I did prior to giving in to the MC. I am cop and I am not really afraid of a whole lot until MC came into my life. I am about to go fight this war on poop again at least its easier than the war on drugs.

Poop wizard's picture

MC is a gift from God. I was blocked up for 3 days after some heavy eating (cereal, eggs, 2 plates of pasta, chinese food and even WHITE CASTLE were stuck up there) and I still wasn't able to go. Decided to try MC at 10pm and fell asleep. Woke up at 6am and unleashed the demons. Felt pounds lighter and so much better. I had to chug some gatorade afterwards because I felt a little dehydrated. Other than that, no complaints.

Hole E Crap!'s picture

Ok, decided it was time for a good cleaning out.... Read the posts about Magnesium Citrate, went to Walgreens and bought a bottle of grape, which may I say had ZERO salt taste. It actually has a bit of a bitter taste. After chugging the bottle (started at noon, finished the nasty stuff at 12:10), I decided to go do some running around. Went to Home Depot to purchase a few things (***Caution*** Do NOT take this stuff and then head to a public place!!!!), while I was wandering around the store looking for my items I noticed a grumbling in my bowels unlike anything I have heard come from a human body. I dropped everything and headed for the door (possibly 12:50. Luckily I live about 5 mins away from the store, if not, it could have been disasterous. Once I sprinted through the door I shot to the closest bathroom, although not my favorite one in the house I figured closest was best, I WAS RIGHT! By the time I was able to drop trow I felt an explosion that about lifted me to space. I do not know who created this magic poopy liquid maker but let me tell you, it truly does work!

Hole E Crap!'s picture

*** Update *** It is now ~6:30 and the fun has not stopped. Can someone tell me how to turn this off????? I am crapping like a monkey! I am thinking next time C O L O N I C! It has to be less painful!

READ THIS COMMENT!!!'s picture

Hi i am a 16 year old female and i took lemon flavored MC about 2 hours ago for an upper and lower GI tomorrow and let me tell you it tastes like SHIT. But i have only gone to the bathroom like twice and now i'm scared cuz everyone is talking about how they cant stop going. Wonderful. Thanx, guys.

GottaGoGirl's picture
i 2000+ points

Surely someone told you about that when you were scheduled for the GI.

Anonymous Coward's picture

OK so most of my life I have had poop issues. Finally at about 18 the troubles got a little easier. Just the occasional stoppage for a few days. So I have my first child at 21, baby's born, I poop with no problem a few hours after we're all ok.

I get home and can't go for days, I have the home health care nurse check my episiotomy stitches because I swear they are tearing out of me. Finally 7th day it comes. I gave birth to a 8lb 3 oz little girl, then a week later, I got a feeling I gave birth to something about the same size out the other side. Of which mind you, I tore giving birth to my daughter, and I also tore myself a new one with the subsequent birth. Had the Dr check me out - thinking it was just hemorrhoids - nope it's a fissure (tore the inner linings).

That was 5 1/2 yrs ago. Every now and then my friendly fissure reappears if I don't keep up with my fiber. I have never used MC, but have used Phospho-soda. Much smaller bottle 2oz, I prefer to get the test prep kit which also includes the pills with the soda, and have had great luck with it. You cramp a bit and still wind up shooting liquids for 24-48 hrs, but I have never had such bad cramping with the stuff that is has me doubled over. But then again I am a woman who has gone through 2 natural childbirths (and many other poop births)

Well I am now 39 weeks pregnant with my 3rd child, and after the OB check today doc said they'll be inducing on Monday - but boy are you constipated. She told me to go get the MC, forgetting whether the stuff I usually get is MC or not I go on my way and go to grocery to find out MC is not the stuff I usually take and by that time she is out of the office, and I am too terrified to take the phospho just in case there is some difference between the 2 and the MC is better because I am pregnant. So I took 1/2 of it at about midnight

Let me tell you men out there. You think it's bad when it's just you and your blocked poop shoot - try having 30 extra pounds of squirming mass putting pressure on that blocked area.

I tried to explain to my hubby why sex is not pleasurable for a blocked up pregnant woman. A woman's body is only soo deep, within which you have baby, bladder, and blocked shoot, and you want to try to cram something else up inside there? Oh yeah, sounds like fun!

Well, bottoms up for the 2nd half!

what am I in for!'s picture

Oh my God, what am I in for!! AFter just reading and laughing my head off at some of the responses I am afraid, very afraid! Just drank 1/2 bottle 30 mins ago. Now it's like that feeling you get when you know something is going to happen, but you don't know when?? I am so fricken bloated now from about 1 wk of no go on the poop mobile so my doc suggested this. I have taken colace for 4 days now and still nothing. Oh well, when it happens I now have plenty of advice from everyone here. Thanks alot!!

Stopped Up Again's picture

How very appropriate that this is the first link on Google when searching Magnesium Citrate.

I've got mine chilling right now, but I'm a bit apprehensive about taking it.

I've been taking stool softeners for almost 3 months since I've been on pain medication for a back injury and surgery. Still, once in a while it gets backed up so bad that the softeners are useless. The last time that happened I just took an extra large dose of ex-lax and pushed it out (not a pleasant experience). This time I decided to try out the Magnesium Citrate, as my doctor recommended it. Even if it doesn't break up the plug, at least I'll have some extra pressure behind it to get it out.

Bob Larkins's picture

Your fiancee must be a shitty gastroenterologist to make you wait a week and not suggesting that stuff earlier.

Worried shitless's picture

Dang after reading this (I did a search for magensium cirate) I'm scared shitless... I'm due to have surgery on the 19th... My doctor wants me to start a liquid diet the day before AND drink 2 bottles of Mag. Cit.(that's right I said 2) one a 1pm and another at surgery is at 9am the 19th... Just wondering if I should buy adult diapers for the 40 mile trip!!! Lets see... Liquid diet plus 2 bottles... this may be a good story to post here... BUT GOD I HOPE NOT!!!

truebluefool's picture

I am scheduled for a procedure in the morning at 10 o'clock and was told to drink one 10 oz. bottle of MC. All they had was the cherry flavor. It wasn't too bad, certainly better than a Dr. Pepper. I downed this stuff in less than 2 minutes. It has now been 8 hours and all I have produced is one tiny floater. When will this stuff kick in? I am also directed to use 2 enemas in the morning, which I am really not looking forward to. Many co-workers told me to stay close to a bathroom after taking the MC, but it doesn't seem to be working on me. I know it's in there, but it doesn't want to come out.

Ilovepoop's picture

yo homees, this is wack...i really hope my poops are nice. im no stranger to large poops casue i used to hold them in all the time when i was little, and i can tell you ive had some pretty painful im up for thechallenge, i chugged a bottle of this stuff about 2 hours ago, i kidna wanna get some more and my moms getting me some thing i stick up my ass. any tips for pregaming? thanks

runsgirl's picture

O.k. My usual GI problem is constant diarrhea. It sux let me tell you. Not being able to go to big events because you mighthave to shit water is so crappy for my social life. Plus it's embarrassing and my boyfriend is so great that he doesn't get disgusted with me when I have to use his bathroom or interrupt our "dates." Anyways, I started taking iron pills because I became anemic when I came down with a bad stomach flu in December. So my stomach has been a bit more regular. I actually have stool and not explosions of water! Unfortunately, I didn't drink enough water with my bagel and donuts(what can I say, I'm trying to keep the hard stool as long as I can) and I had a big blockage in my lower intestines. I can't even squeeze or massage it to move! I have been like this for 5 days, but I have the runs ont op of it! It is so damn annoying. It's y boyfriends birthday this Friday, and I need to get rid of it. So i got the brite-life magnesium citrate crap. I drank a teeny bit less then half at 1:30. It's 3:03 and I don't know what the hell is going on since I already have the runs and nothing has come out. That blockage is super glued to my walls. Anyone have any ideas on how to get rid of it? Im so afraid now if I drink the whole thing, Im going to be shitting for days, and I have to go out tomorrow night. Damn poo to hell.

been there done that's picture

Love this site. I stumbled upon it when waiting for this hellish drink to take effect teh night before my hysterectomy 3 weks ago. Got very frustratred - took Mad Cit at 3 m (10 oz bottle) and NOTHING. ALl night - churning and gurgling, mild crmaps - and NOTHING. Was so scared that I'd have trouble durign surgery (first tiem jahving gen anesthesia). Had to be in hospital by 7 am. So at 5 am (i.e. 14 hours after drinking the stuff) - all hell broke loooose (pun fully intended). Spent an hour on the pot - horrible black mass coming out, strong cramps, was so scared I would not make it othe hospital on time, SOmehow made it in, had surgery on 2/22 (all went very well). Thn teh enxt two weeks at home had on and off consitpatin (common after abd surgery and also due to pain meds and low activity level). Have been pretty successful with a combinaiton of Dulcolax (don't this k it does much of anything), lots of fluid, eating prutes adn dried apricots (much better tasting), some bran cereal, two times used a Fleet suppository (first tiem worked right away - not too bad, some cramps) - second tiem a week later - nothing happened until the next morning! I thin pruen juice works best for me - mized with tea or apple juice. ALso some have recommende the "Smooth Moves" (wht great name) herbal teaq from a GHC store (I did not like the taste, but maybe it works well...) So by now I think I am a pro at all these remedies. I am 48 and hardly ever have constipation (only 20 yrs ago after childbirth) but now I am drinking a few tblspoopns of prune juice a day at elast until I am back to normal in a couple weeks.

Good luck to all!!! Great site - lotsa laughs!!!

Anonymous poop's picture

I have had to take this MC this week. the reason i took it is cause i was having constant pain in the stomach so bad i couldn't walk. my mom told me to take it. well i did, i drank it all down almost throwing up the last bit. well thirty minutes later i started. I was in the bathroom for a little over an hour. boy my stomach felt so much better after that but i kept going off and on the rest of the night. the next day i started cramping again felt like i had to go and couldn't, i called pharmasist and she suggested i take another bottel to be completely cleaned out. well i did. i have gone a little not like the first time. but still having cramps two days later. really bad cramps almost as bad as labor or the one s i had. pharmasist says it is normal cause that is what it does. mind you i havent eaten cause i just cant. she also said that my stomach will be sore from all this too. I just thought i would throw in my little bit. it was worth it once the cramps stop.

Anonymous Pooperdooper's picture

Well I done it three weeks ago and I am now a convert to the little green bottle of magic! I bought an other bottle and I am thinking of using it once a month as a means of cleansing myself. Does anyone not think this is a good idea? Or should I just use it very infrequently. I often am bloated and gassy and I found that after one bottle of this stuff made things so much better - for the past three weeks at least! Oh, the lime flavored stuff tastes fine, even better than 7-UP in my opinion as long as you chill it first.

Stopped Up, I Can;t Get It Out, I'm Stopped up!!!'s picture

Okay so I just took this stuff yesterday. IT IS HORRIBLE! I am a champion chugger, but I didn't think I could keep this crap down! I chugged this stuff as fast as possible. It only took me about five minutes to go. It is mostly liquid and I'm hoping thats normal. I went all day yesterday and some this morning. I'm tired of pooping!!!! lol. I hate this stuff now, but it does the job. But I'll take some Milk of Magnesia ANY DAY!

Anonymous Coward's picture

I just took MC at 3pm.

About two weeks ago I went on a 3 day weekend binge which consisted of alot of white flour based products. Tons of waffles, lots of white rice, and processed pasta, cookies made of white flour, potato chips, and white cake- allwashed it all down with lots of soda.

I normally do not do this, but a friend gave us all this food when a store went out of business. I normally do not eat so much "white" in my diet. ESPECIALLY AT ONE TIME. I am a vegan and usually fairly conscious about eating foods overall that are less processed. (However, I like my waffles and cookies made from white flour!)

Well slowly but surely my daily bowel movements lessened until three days after the binge when I just completely stopped. I tried to fast for two days but nothing came from where the sun don't shine. So I start getting freaked out and I get a colon cleanse w/ o a laxative and give that a whirl. Two days later... STILL NOTHING.

So I get a natural laxative and take that for two days. The results?
I made a measly little contribution on both days but overall, my stomach was still bloated and everything seemed like it was the end of the world.

Well I broke down and did some more research and came across this site and found out about the information about MC. I went out last nigth and got it and, being very tired of not eating in decent food in over a week, had a little peanut butter and chocolate and a raw carrot. It was not a great idea, but I said fuck it. The MC is going to (hopefully!) get it all out tomorrow. I took MC today at 3PM but I did not see the instructions about drinking 8 oz of water immediately afterwards. I did, however drink 32oz of electrolytes in water a half hour before that and proceeded to drink water a half hour after I took the MC and have ever since.


It is now 10:29- a full 7.5 hours since I took the full bottle of MC and so far NOTHING.

I dont know what I will do if this doesnt work. On one hand, I am a littlel frightened of the experience, and on the other- well I JUST WANT TO EAT AGAIN!

Anonymous Coward's picture

I drank a 10 oz bottle of lemon/lime MC about 20 mins ago. I've used this before. I'm amazed that it takes everyone so long to drink it down. I take about 12 gulps and count them as I'm drinking. I get it all down in less than 30 seconds. I also tried the cherry once, it was horrible.
Drank this because I'm feeling very bloated right now and for some reason have been very gassy the last few days. I'm pretty regular going once a day, everyday. Was told that 2-3 times a day is really what everyone should be going.
I also mixed some Bentonite clay with water and drank it too. I want to get rid of all that stuff that clings to your colon.
This site is awesome. I stumbled on it several months ago and laughed my ass off. Thank you jackhole for starting this. It's not only hilarious, but informative too!!

btchboyer's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

My 10 year old son is suppose to start MC this weekend, 8 oz for 2 days. After reading the stories...I really feel for him, but it has to be done. He hasn't had a BM in a month now.

Anonymous Guy's picture

I was constipated for a week and then I found this web page. I bought the Mag Citrate from Rite-Aid in the lemon-lime flavor. I bought everything else you guys said to get: baby wipes, Gatorade lemon-lime, Ducolax pills.

It wasn't nearly as bad as you guys said. I fasted for 24 hrs and drank the chilled Mag Citrate when I got home from work. About a half hour later, a stream of liquid came out of my rear-end like a garden hose turn on full blast. Fortunately I had listened to you guys and was right next to the toilet. This lasted for about two seconds (I think).

I didn't have any cramps or stomach rising up like in the movie Alien, or really anything bad. Then every half hour after that, for about 5 more hours, a small stream would come out, usually with some warning. I could feel it coming so I ran to the bathroom. It diminishes over time, so five hours later there's not much.

The Mag Citrate didn't really taste all that bad. In fact, the lemon-lime Gatorade tastes only slightly better. I gave up after one bottle of that and drank a cold beer to "build up my electrolytes". I also ate dinner about two hours after the event. It just wasn't the grueling ordeal that you guys present. It was a little messy at times and I wouldn't want to do it very often, but it was easily survivable.

You want bad ? Try getting hemorrhoid surgery where the doc puts a fiber plug in your rear-end prior to the surgery. Then after a couple days at home during the post-op recovery your rear end will really explode as it drives out that plug. It's not liquid coming out either. That was painful and awful. The Mag Citrate was a breeze compared to that. Jeez.

btchboyer's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

Last night I gave my son the MC. It's been 18 hours and absolutely nothing. He has another bottle to drink tonight. hopefully that will move him.

Smell Good, Don't They?'s picture

A new warning about MC: Do NOT take it and then come read this site. This is my first time here and I've been laughing so hard, it's making my "cleaning" day a bit more difficult than it should be. When I was a kid, I had lazy bowel. And having much older parents (only child of 40 year old mother and 65 year old dad), MC was a monthy ritual along with enemas and whatnot because that was the answer long before the word "fiber" hit the market. (Remember chocolate ex-lax? Do they still make that stuff?) Anyhow, after puberty I grew out of the lazy bowel syndrome but now in my mid 40s it seems to be back. For about fifteen years there, I was like clockwork EVERYDAY. But now, I'm lucky to move once a week. I did have a stroke and I'm on a lot of different meds, so I'm thinking they're starting to take their toll on my digestion. This is only my second MC this year, but I was worried about having to use it more often. I googled it and came here. And all I can say to all the posters is thank you for such a great laugh. I've not laughed this hard in years. But as I said, hearty laughter following a bottle of MC ain't the best idea. Lucky for me, I still have great control down there - haven't had an accident...yet. Poop on, soldiers. (Chery and lemon lime MC are NOT that bad tasting. Just CHUG it in one breath and chase it with water or juice. The grape sounds interesting. I'm gonna have to try month. LOL)

cant wait to make a mud monkey's picture

ive took this mc which my doctor said would realy work, while waiting in a little pain i have been reading your site and just as you guys have said the taste and side effects of this stuff is not very much fun, if this doesnt work would you have any suggestions, ive tried prune juice, enemas, mineral oil orally. its only been a week since i have pinched one off. hopfully this will work better than all the other things i have tried.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I have had Crohns disease for 3 years now. I get a colonoscopy once a year. "GO LIGHTLY" is by FAR the worst out there. Nothing even close.I have tried them all.Remember this crap comes in a gallon jug. Its function is similar to Drano Foam. The new prescription pills are the easiest, but hard to get. Mag Citrate is a joke.

Anonymous PoopPoster's picture

GOLYTELY is as above described,THE WORST. NOTHING comes close.

Drug Information For: GOLYTELY SOLUTION 4000ML

Gotta Go in Mexico's picture

I really love this site! I'm living in Guadalajara Mexico and being from NY I've had my bouts with constipation. But I'm so bad now my belly is as hard a a rock and I can't find this stuff down here at all. You can't swing a dead cat down here without hitting a Pharmacy so you would think that someone would have this, right? WRONG! I've takin this before and your all right... tastes like crap but it does the trick and right now I'd give anything for a Green Bullet! Any one has any ideas, let me know. I'm really hurt'in.

Very Afraid's picture

I have never taken laxatives as a weight loss method. I am a nurse and know better. However, I am a single mother of 4 and I am in a weight contest at work that involves almost $300. Tomorrow is weigh in and I am 3 pounds behind the person in first place. I drank half a bottle last night and absolutely nothing happened. I was scared but I drank the rest of it tonight. About 30 mins ago. I feel nauseated a little. I am starting to get a little bloated. I hope that I can leave for work by 8:00. I am very nervous. I have 2 rolls of toilet paper in the bathroom ready. I just hope I am cleared out before work in the morning!

Very Afraid's picture

O.k., it is now 6:57AM and absolutely nothing. Nothing! I can't believe it. After all that I read on this site I figured it was going to be a horrific night but I would at least be cleaned out. I hope though that it doesn't kick in at 10:00AM or something. I thought it would work within 9 1/2 hours!

semi-timid pooper's picture

At nearly 40, I've been a fairly regular pooper all my life. Right after Christmas this year, I got a little blocked up...had to go and couldn't. Finally, I had to, er, take matters into my own hands and dig some of the blockage out. Relief!

No problems until a few weeks ago.

Two things have happened since Christmas...a new low flow toilet at home. I have had to flush more than once a few times, and one time had to resort to breaking things up AND plunging...repeatedly...which I had NEVER had to do. Ever. Also, there are more people in my workplace now. For most of my working years, I've usually been the only one here all day if I had to go, I'd just go. Several weeks ago I managed to clog up the pipes here too...had to take a hanger and break things up (Thanks to my reading this site I know that's not unheard of.)

So....for several weeks now, I've barely gone. Last Wednesday went a little bit, tiny tiny bit Thursday...then nothing til Sunday. I did manage to go three times Sunday...not too hard, or large, just very difficult to get out.

And now, Thursday, pretty much nothing since Sunday. A little on Tuesday night, not too big or hard, just impossible to get out. I feel like I have to go, a little full feeling...but I head into the bathroom, sit down...and nothing. Not even a feeling anymore that I need to go. In fact, if I try at all, it almost feels like things are getting sucked back up inside. Impossible, I know, but that's kind of what it feels like.

Has my poop gotten shy about coming out? Fear of clogging a toilet again, despite my knowledge that the more I don't go the more likely it is that that will happen?

I have been getting more fiber, more water, more exercise...not quite ready to try the MC...especially not after what I've read here...I know epsom salts, magnesium sulfate, as opposed to magnesium citrate, is a laxitive. I know the dosing is on the package, but has anyone here used that? Prior to trying the MC, I'm wondering how well the epsom salts would work.

semi-timid pooper's picture

I have not as yet tried the MC...but yesterday afternoon at the store I got a can of cashews. I love them, but they don't love me. I tend to eat too many at one time, and get rancid foul burps, then gas, then diarrhea.

Yesterday afternoon I ate at least a third of the can of cashews...7 hours or so later, the burps started...then later in the evening farts. Loud. Rude. Smelly. I have finally gone twice today, after some evil cramps this morning. (It may also be about that time of the month too, adding to things...) The poop was about normal...not diarrhea, not painfully hard. In my case, at least, the cashews may have gotten things moving and clearing out, without resorting to the MC...

LotAQuestions's picture

I have soooo many questions! Can anyone w/ experience help?

1. I am fairly 'regular' but want to clean things out better... do you think it's safe to take MC when I'm already going almost everyday?

2. Many of the posts sound like diarrhea only... has anyone had results of more 'substance' (such as 'mucoid plaque' as described on some other sites)? I know, way gross...

3. Can you take MC but still go about your usual day, as long as bathrooms are available? For example, could I drive 20 minutes to work? Or does it cause more of an emergency situation than that would allow?

4. In addition to the cleansing aspect of it, I also wouldn't mind dropping a few lbs... did that happen for you after using MC? If so, about how much did you lose?

5. How many days does the emptying last?
Thank you to anyone who may be able to provide some info!

Not so sadistic mom's picture

Imagine have to inflict this wonderful Magnesium Citrate on a little 6 year old boy? I found a way to make it work and he loved it. No, he is not a twisted kid. I gave the bottle to him in thirds. I used the lime version, but I mixed it with orange juice and vanilla ice cream. I gave him one dose after each meal for one day so he got to have three milkshakes. He, unfortunately, does not hate milkshakes now. Two years later, we're doing it again. But this time, we've just mixed the cherry flavor with milk and vamilla ice cream. I added a cherry and suddenly I was the best mom ever. A warning though, I wouldn't give this to a kid without doctor's orders. He had a belly full of impacted stool. X-rays are so fun.

So good luck!! And try to keep things fun whenever possible.

A MOM who wishes she could poop!'s picture I am a pregnant mom in DESPERATE need of relief. Going to attempt to use this POOP-blasting product known as Mag-citrate. Wish me luck and happy pooping!

Mr. Tha-Shit's picture

Mag Cit is certainly the shit. (No pun intended) Just hope that you're not like me. I was blocked and it took 3 days, 2tps fiber each night, 1 Colace capsule bid, and a total of 2.5 bottles of MC. Finally around 13 hrs after the final 10oz and 3 tsp fiber I had a massive blow out. The sad part is that was it, I am back in the same situation. But hey, it does work! For me though my problem is a much needed medication which is causing constipation.

Stuffed's picture

I just consumed about 6 oz. of MC out of a recommended 6.5 to 10 oz. (I took it with water as I went...) That was as much as I could get down without gagging or throwing up. I am an adult in my early 30's who has tried other remedies for the last several days. My doctor recommended that take this. My question is, will that be enough, or am I going to have to take more? Also, IF I have to take more, what can I mix it with to make it taste better...I don't think I can take another dosage with just water)

Swing Shift's picture

In my late teens I had several bouts with a mystery illness of the gut that would see me moaning with pain for about 12-18 hours at a time. The next day I'd fell much better but my guts would feel stiff and bruised as if I'd been pummeled by a prize fighter. In retrospect, the pain was so dramatic I can only imagine it was either a big leak in my intestines or pigbel, though pigbel almost always kills. After round three or so (spaced about 6 months to a year apart) it was decided that it was worth looking into. I was scheduled for a barium enema and put on a 2 or 3 day fasting/laxative schedule just prior to the work. I think MC was the last installment of the program. Probably because I was already fairly well cleaned out, this stuff went through me like a freight train. It was many years ago now, but as I recall I was passing it within 3 minutes of drinking it. It was all over within an hour, no cramping or remnant diarrhea. The tests came back negative, but the symptoms never recurred. My mom, an RN, called it the "X-Ray Cure", a term allegedly coined to describe the fairly common experience of being "cured" by tests that come back negative. But I think the real cure was in flushing my colon.

For about 3 months now I've had symptoms of IBS, alternating diarrhea and constipation and huge volumes of gas. I've decided to try "rebooting" my booty again with MC. I'm fasting today, and may fast tomorrow, then depth-charging with the MC early the following day. I'll follow with Activia yogurt and maybe some of that other yogurt stuff that's supposed to help your immune system (couldn't hurt). I'll let y'all know how it goes, I see a lot of posts here "planning" on it but fewer followups. Also to those of you who are scared poopless about MC after reading this site, remember it is human nature to be more eager to share horror stories than "non-incidents". Certainly if you are under doctors orders, stick with the program: 2 bottles does seem pretty extreme, but if you're not prepping with suppositories (like I did) perhaps it's not extreme at all. And to those parents who are tempted to help the medicine go down with milkshakes or otherwise, check with your doctor first because you may be defeating the purpose (ie: fasting). I don't think milk counts as a clear fluid.

Wanda's picture

Well, what a story! Its 10:30 am and I am about to drink a cherry flavored bottle. Not only am i constantly constipated, but I am planning on starting a diet tomorrow and thought this was a great way to start. I have taken this stuff as a teen and the trick is to use a straw so that you cant really taste the stuff. I used to do this 2 times a year and was nice and slim, but when i stopped i noticed a slow weight gain over the years, I recommend everyone cleaning themselves out regularly. Forget the fiber powder that you are supposed to drink with water, that only creates more constipation esp. if you are not a water drinker like me. I took that powder and was more bloated and constipated than ever, when i finally did poop, it was hard and dry. Never again, i prefer mag. citrate.
Wish me luck, here I go.......

Anonymous Coward's picture

For "LotaQuestions", here are some answers:


I don't have answers for questions #1 and #2.

3. Can you take MC but still go about your usual day, as long as bathrooms are available? For example, could I drive 20 minutes to work? Or does it cause more of an emergency situation than that would allow?

After you drink the MC, you will need to allow a minimum of 6 hours before you even consider leaving the house. After the initial blast, which comes about 30 minutes after drinking the MC, you will still be running to the bathroom every 45 minutes or so. You can sit in a chair during this time, but you will need an adult diaper, or rig one up with several layers of paper towels. Accidents may happen before you can get to the bathroom.

There's no way you can go to work. It's best to take it at night, right after you get home. Or better yet, do it on a Saturday.

Another important thing: The action of the MC produces water in your intestines. This process continues for about 24 hours after drinking the MC. Even after the 6-hour period mentioned above, you will still develop fluid in your intestines. This will make its way down to your lower colon. Normally if you feel some pressure down in that area, you might squeeze the muscles in that area to "test" if you really have stool there, so that you know that you need to go to the bathroom. But after taking the MC, you won't have solid stool there. It will be liquid. If you do the squeeze test, you will expel this liquid -- onto your pants. Hence the recommendation for the adult diapers for up to 24 hours after the initial drinking of the MC. For example, you can be sitting there 18 hours later, and just accidentally squeeze the muscles in the lower colon area and you will get a little bit of brown liquid ejected. You can train yourself to not do the squeezing. You only have to worry about this for the first 24 hours following drinking the MC.

4. In addition to the cleansing aspect of it, I also wouldn't mind dropping a few lbs... did that happen for you after using MC? If so, about how much did you lose?

As I recall, it lightened me up by several pounds. It might have been 4 or 5 lbs. (adult male). This is only temporary because over the next couple of days your intestines will fill up again as you get back to normal.

5. How many days does the emptying last?

As I said above, it will take 24 hours before you're done. It could take 36 hours before you stop doing any liquid or semi-liquid bowel movements. I'm only talking about very small BMs during this time period. That's all that occurs. After about 48 hours, you will start having solid (but soft) BMs again.

Music City Madness's picture

Let me just give you the background here. I suffer from severe IBS w/constipation. I have been on Zelnorm for the last 3 yrs and doing fairly wellonly needed a lax occasionaly. The FDA took it off the market recently and my whole life came to a screeching halt! They prescribed Amatiza, which did nothing but give me migraines, and LActulose syrup. No go, literally for days! I took one does of the CM Thurs night and another Fri morning. 2 watery stools was all I got, along with more bloating. Bowel sounds were very sluggish if at all in some quads.I am about to take phospho soda and see if we can move this crap out! I forgot how aweful it was to not be able to eat or poop! There is no drug on the market currently that addresses the IBS and the constipation. I even sent emails to the FDA and the drug company, I would be willing to sign a waiver, anything to have my life back a bit.I look pregnant and feel terrible. Anyone have experience here, willing to hear any suggestions.

Swing Shift's picture

To follow up on my post of three weeks ago, first off I'm thinking that when I prepped for my GI x-rays I think I used phospho-soda, not MC. Now on to the fun.

I fasted for two days and followed with MC on each of the following three mornings. I tried both grape and lemon-lime, found the grape quite a bit more tolerable. I chilled them in the fridge as is recommended and followed with at least 12 ounces of water: if not twice that. I continued to drink at least 2-3X as much water as I normally do. Nothing remarkable to report about the MC treatment itself: certainly explosive but not painful. I was hoping things would run clear after the third treatment, but not quite. It having been 5 days after my last meal, I was feeling fairly hungry: and felt that a 4th day of MC seemed a bit extreme especially given the fact that I did not take any special measures to ensure electrolyte balance. 24-48 hours was about the right range over which my stools returned to normal after the last dose. I'd lean toward advising folks to stay home or wear diapers for at least the first 24 hours after treatment.

Once through, my IBS symptoms were reduced about %80 and continue to be so to this day. However, the matter is confused by the fact that I've been careful to take smaller portions at meals since my "rebirth." Also, my girlfriend suggested my symptoms might indicate an allergy to peanut butter: preliminary results suggest a large increase in gas production on those few occasions I've had peanut butter since cleansing. She may have hit the nail on the head.

MC user's picture

So Funny!!!! I’ve never had a painful experience with MC… only explosive.

2 Coffee Rigger's picture

Well my boys at work told me about this. They said it worked for them, so hell, why not jump off the cliff too. I drank the Lime bottle + a little water around 8am. Well now it's 9 hours later and NOTHING except for a little water out my rear end comes out. What the hell!!! I drank this nasty stuff and now I have to worry about my butt exploding at work. What happened to the 30 minutes later, then watch out cuz here it comes? I'm around 285 lbs and I know I'm full of poopy goodness. So why isn't it coming out?! I bought the Cherry flavor also. Should I slam that bottle too? Now when my poop shooter finally decides to erupt, it's going to be all bad. I think this product may be BS. But I'll let ya'll know if my poop volcano devestates my toilet bowl any time soon.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I've tried everything. I'm tired of being bloated and full of @#$&. I'm going to try this but I'm now nervous because sometimes ex-lax gets me sweating and vomitting and shaking. Lord help me!!! If this stuff gives me that old familiar pukey, sweaty, shakey feeling, I'll know I'm not alone. I was trying to research when I came to this sight. Very interesting. I'm so glass someone mentioned oxipowder. I took it once and loved it but couldn't remember the name and no one knew what I was talking about at the health food store----"It some kind of oxygen poop blasting dynamite" Everyone just looked at me like I was crazy. Anyway, I've lost count how long it's been since my last encounter w/ toilet and can only imagine the toxic what's going on inside--Just get out of me!!! I didn't think I had to take the whole bottle. Oh yeah, I'm taking some diet pills with the side effect of "may cause constipation", how about this pill curbs your appetite because you feel you're full up to your eyeballs because you'll never poop again. I am going to take this stuff tonight and wait and pray!!! Thanks for the advice.

Frank2401's picture
l 100+ points

__To make a long story short, this joker at a party slipped me some of this in a mixed drink. Sometimes while people are talking about "Christmas memories", I think to myself- Oh yes, that was the year that someone gave me diarrhea. _____
"Frank, that is a VERY personal thing!" -Nurse Tomain

TP Supporter's picture

Good God! I came home from Walgreens about two hours ago with a bottle of the cherry stuff and through it in the fridge, all recommened by the pharmacist. I was going to wait about 30 minutes and drink up, but..............
I found this site and could hardly contain my laughter, thought I might laugh the crap right out! Unfortunatly, the things I was hearing scared the stuff deeper inside. I finally decided to get goin, braced myself and chugged. I put the ice cold delight in a tall thin shot glass, threw it back, and was pleasently suprised! Not bad at all! Anyhow, I am petrified (no pun intended) of the hellish wrath which my behind is about to unleash upon me. It is 5pm now, if I I make it out alive I'll give you an update

Mother John's picture

I want to share my special gift with all of you. Imagine having the pleasure and bliss of HAVING TO USE THE SATAN'S BREW FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE! As a heart failure patient, my intestines just decided to stop functioning. So I use Magnesium Citrate daily just to have the pleasure of rousing explosion on a daily basis, so I don't fill up and look like I"m six months pregnant.

I have given it a special name entitled 'butt fizz.' Any of you who have used it will appreciate this title as it fizzes through your intestines in a specially lovely sensation of pain before it bursts forth from your loins in its magnificent splendor.

What we will do for a good old-fashioned bowel movement. Unfortunately, for my fellow users, you will know that this will not be a good old-fashioned bowel movement, but rather a daily nuclear blast.

Best Wishes! Enjoy! Now you know how I received my beloved title,

Sincerely yours,
Mother John

FloaterFlaunter's picture

Oh yes Magnesium Citrate. Stool Softener??? I think not!!! More like intestinal liquifier!!! I had to do a gallbladder flush before my lap chole---hence the wonderful mag citrate. "Do I have to sleep next to the bathroom door?", I asked when Doc gave me the bottle. "Oh no", he said, "it's just a stool softener". Wrong! About a 1/2 hour after taking it, I experienced 24 hours of liquid fire singeing my sphincter! And forget about sleeping outside the bathroom door---sleep on the toilet! Half the time it would almost be too late by the time I got there! I had to have my boyfriend buy me the charmin moist wipes to try to extinguish my red hot pooper. Ok--one good thing about it rather than laxatives??? it didn't give me cramps, hmmmmm?
I do have to say I felt clean as a whistle 48 hours later (even though my butt was too raw to sit!).

FearfulOfThePoo's picture

After three days of partying, which involved gorging on heavy, greasy foods that I am not accustomed to, I feel like crap. I am bloated, haven't pooped, and a little bit desperate, because I don't want to feel like this when I go back to work after Memorial day.

So I thought, hmmm, what can I do. I remembered my mom mentioned having to drink magnesium citrate prior to a colonoscopy, because it is supposed to clean out the insides.

Ah ha, thinks I. That's exactly what I am looking to do: clean out my insides! So off goes me to my local W------ where I purchase a little green bottle of magnesium citrate for the measly sum of $1.70. I also purchase a bottle of grapefruit soda to help support my efforts.

Arrived home and crashed on the sofa, cracked open the bottle of MC and the bottle of soda, and began to drink. The MC is not so bad, tastes like very salty, sour lemon-lime soda. I almost don't need the grapefruit soda. The trick for drinking the MC, for me atleast, is to drink it in gulps, almost as if you are taking shots. Whatever you do, don't pause half-gulp to swish it around in your mouth and savour it. Get it down, and get it down fast.

Half way through my bottle of MC I decided to do a quick google of magnesium citrate, just to, you know, find out what it was exactly and what it would do to me. For most googled terms, wikipedia usually pops up as the "I'm feeling lucky" result. However this time, the number one website returned for magnesium citrate is none other than this very page. So I started reading. Fast forward about twenty minutes to the present.

Holy moly, what I have done? Everything I've read indicates that this stuff is effective, although much in the same way that using dynamite in fishing is effective. See? My mind is rampant with explosive metaphors, because that's the impression I get of my upcoming experience.

Oh my stars.

I'm frightened.

All I wanted was a nice couple of poops, that's it. So now, here sit I on my sofa, awaiting impending doom that resulted from drinking 5 oz of magnesium citrate. You bet I'm not drinking the rest after having read all of the previous comments.

I feel something in my abdomen, it is not yet a full fledged Urge. Regardless, I am going to go find a book and set up shop in the bathroom. Maybe turn on some nice classical music.

My only prayer now is that it doesn't last beyond a span of 36 hours, because my job is one that is not performed well from the confines of a toilet stall.

I fully intend to make another comment after this ordeal is over, unless I am just completely stricken by the power of MC and perish in some unholy poopy mess.

ReadyForThePoo's picture

I'm 30 minutes into the full 10oz of grape (8:15pm), chased down with about 8oz of water. The taste, not so bad. It tastes like grape sweet tarts, in liquid form, of course. No signs of anything yet. I'm ready and willing to stay up all night for this cleaning process.

I started a low carb diet (life style) about 10 weeks ago, hense the dense & hard poo. I imagine that the carbs in this 10oz bottle is more than I consume in one it should work, especially for me.

I'm ready for it to start and be over with. Thank God for wireless high speed internet, A/C duct in the bathroom, and a fan! I'll keep in touch.

ReadyForThePoo's picture


It took about 2 1/2 hours to work on me. It was not a violent experience, nor was there ever an super-urgent need to go...although it was very liquified, there was no pain associated - possibly the water afterward helped (?). After 10oz of MC and 8oz of water I did feel full, and somewhat bloated.

The main part of this process took maybe about 1-2hrs. I slept through the night with no problem. This morning, I still have some effects of it, but they are easily controllable, and basically can be dealt with during a normal day at work, using the restroom no more than I normally do.

I only lost maybe 1 1/2 lbs, and I don't feel as bloated as before I started.

I would choose doing this ANYDAY over how my body normally does it, cause it hurts like I'm in labor, but using MC - it was easy pooing!! ;)

Mr. MC's picture

It has been 15 min's, since I drank the special brew. It should only take me about 45 min's or so before the first run to my Poo Throne.

I do this about 2 - 3 times a year. I don't know what the hell it is but the plumbing just backs up.

I first started having this problem as a teenager. I was doubled over in pain, after not Pooping for a week. However, i had not been paying attention to my Poops as I should have been.

After three doactor visits, noone could tell me what was wrong. Finally my godess of a mother took me to the emergency room, and a couple of x-rays later, the doctor looked at me and said Mr. MC you are full of S&$#.

Not understanding him, he showed me the x-rays. The Poo had backed up, almost al the way ino my stomach. He told Mother to go and get a bottle of MC, and give it a day.

That first run, was a wicked sensation. I did not know what to think about what just took place. It was Scary!

Anyhow, ever since I have payed cloe attention to my Poo. This time i have let it go about 48 hr's. So instead of letting it get worse than it allready is, I did something about it.

I drank MC!

fullofit's picture

oh my gosh, your story is the funniest thing ive ever read. and it honestly is only funny to people who are in the same situation. if I wasn't waiting on my couch for this magnesium citrate to work, i think it wouldn't be that funny to me! its been over a week, tried everything, short of getting addmidded to the hospital if it doesn't work tomorrow. Drank a whole bottle, waiting and praying. cross your fingers for me. thanks for sharing your story so i know im not alone!!

Grateful's picture

Thank you to those few who were positive about the results of MC. After being so ill from the Golytely, my GI doc has me preparing for a Colonoscopy with the MC. This is not my first procedure but it's my first with MC. Thank you for the positive comments in lieu of scaring people away from having this simple procedure done due to the effects of MC. Try drinking Golytely or Halflytely, that takes a giant to get it down and keep it down. Again, thank you for the few who had positive things to say. I am so appreciative.

MCuser's picture

I just used MC for the first time on Friday night. I could not go for days & I came home from work with a bloated stomach & alot of discomfort. I just could not take it anymore. so at 5:35 I drank half the bottle of cherry MC with a bottle of water & waited. I did not have cramps, but I could feel it working. After 2 hrs I finally passed the bulk that was driving me crazy for days. WHAT A RELIEF!! I slept thru the night fine & planned on staying around the house, just in case. I went a few times yesterday with no problems either way. Today is Sunday & I am feeling fine. I think everyone who takes MC goes according to the bottle & maybe that's why they have to run. I think if you are not an average size person you should keep that in mind & maybe cut the dose. I was really cracking up reading & Thank god I did not read this before I took MC, because I would be scared. I just want all to know my 1/2 dose secret that works. I will use again carefully!!

In the Last Throes (hopefully)'s picture

So glad I found this site (also the first in line when I googled Magnesium Citrate). I'm having a pelvic MRI tomorrow (for fibroids), and the clinic emailed me the prep list and told me to drink a whole bottle of this nasty stuff then go on a liquid diet till the next morning. My husband had a colonoscopy last year and had to drink an entire gallon (over the course of an entire afternoon) of Fleet, and I was really surprised to find out that I just had to gulp down one little bottle all at once. He did well, but he's a big guy, I couldn't drink an entire gallon of anything. The 'pleasant lemony taste' was disgusting (like unflavored soda water, remember the old machines where the cup dropped down and the soda water and syrup came out separately?), but I ran and brushed my teeth afterwards and gargled with Peroxyl and it got rid of most of it.

It took about an hour for it took kick in, then I got the firehose effect also, but just water for the first couple of hours and then just a bit of poop mixed in. I ate very lightly yesterday and this morning, though, just some salad, oatmeal and some cold cereal. I went to the store and bought more toilet paper, a box of facial tissue with lotion on it (I couldn't find anything but 12 packs of the lotion TP, next time I'll buy the TP, the facial tissue doesn't work as well), and made sure I was stocked up on wet wipes, hemorrhoid cream and reading material. I also bought some apple juice, jello and chicken broth for the liquid diet (chicken broth works as a laxative on me also).

I was worried about doing this because I have very bad reflux, an irritable bowel and an easily irritated hemorrhoid, but almost 10 hours after I downed the bottle only the hemorrhoid has given me grief. (I have a had a little bit of burning in my throat late in the evening but I think it's because my stomach is empty, not the MC). The watery stuff at the beginning didn't bother it, and I was very careful about wiping, but the stuff in the evening has been burning like hell. I took a codeine painkiller and the Prep H cream seems to do nothing for pain, so I've been using Neosporin+ Pain Relief cream and it helps numb everything that hurts. I was worried about cramping also, but haven't really had any, just some stomach rumbling.

I thought if I took the MC early in the day, by bedtime I'd be all finished and could shower and go to bed and be fine tomorrow morning for my MRI, but my husband says I'll probably have some more in the morning, and during the night. I take an Ambien at bedtime, so I think I'll sleep with a towel just in case my bowels don't wake me up in time (I've been sitting on one all day just in case, so far, so good though). Next time (I'll probably have to do this again for the fibroid treatment, I'll be having the ultrasound Exablate treatment if the MRI is OK, no surgery :-) I think I will take the MC a little earlier in the day (I was supposed to take it at 2 pm, and I took it at 3).

Thank you to everyone for your real person input, it's much more useful than the 'official' webpages for things like this :-)

Tony G's picture

Ok my friend Joey told me about this concoction his doctor recommends. I am a bodybuilder and looking to cleanse the colon for the first time :) 2 bottles of Magnesium Citrate and 3 tablespoons of Mineral Oil for Lubrication. It has been 1 1/2 hours since I took it. By stomach has bubbled a little. A little warm feeling inside. Still waiting...

probably regretful later's picture

I'm about to take a whole bottom tonight when I get back from the club and just be stationed at my home for the next 24 hours. I need to lose three pounds for my Marines physical on Monday and my recruiter mentioned this. I'm excited and scared all at the same time. If anybody sees any headlines about an Asian girl dying tomorrow from MC, you know who that is!

FIngers Crossed's picture

Ok...I downed half the bottle about 5 hours ago and nothing yet - did I need to drink the entire bottle even though the doc says 1/2? Been over a week now and I really need to be making some serious butt-mudd!

GottaGoGirl's picture
i 2000+ points

Thank you for tuning into today's episode of Coincidental Freudian Typos:

"probably regretful later (not verified) -- 06.09.2007 --I'm about to take a whole bottom tonight..."

squirrelypoo's picture

I'm enjoying a cool bottle of MC as we speak. I'm so glad I googled this, I can't stop laughing :)

Mr. Craptacular's picture

I have had the pleasure of downing a 10 oz. bottle of Kroger's fine vintage in lemon-lime. The results were fast and honest as described here in this site. I'm glad we all can discuss our lack of movements in an adult setting. I have stained my boxers so severely that I don't believe any "ancient Chinese secret" will help. Must discard immediately. When I release I usually fill the bowl with an absolute black liquid that Jed Clampitt would be proud of. I also have several yardsticks that I strategically keep next to the toilet in case I have to quarter that so- of-a-bitch up. Thank you, I feel better. Good luck.

Gastric Bypass Patient's picture

Ok so I have read some of these stories. I am having Gastric Bypass Surgery tomorrow. I have to drink 2 bottles of this cherry shit. And I am halfway through the second bottle. I havent eaten for 4 days at this point because they wont let me.

My question is.... Is this supposed to make everything red that comes out? It looks like blood so I would hope someone responds quickly. LOL Thank You!

Poop-She-Poop's picture

Okay so maybe it wasn't the smartest thing I ever did, but I was scared for my daughter, the doctor said she should drink this MC and it will help her blockage. I know I have been a little backe up too so, since I was afraid before to take the MC for my ownself, I thought I would take it first to test it out before giving it to my daughter who is 8years old.

I took the MC at 7:30 AM and I am just running water out of my bootie, now its almost 10 pm and I am all gurgles. I am scared. My tush is so sore and I haven't passed anything other that liquid. Does this mean it didn't work?

I think it is too much for my daughter to go through so I am thining of going with the Mirilax, andy other suggestions.

Is all the gas a sign that somethig else is coming?


Great Stuff's picture

I too was backed up......badly.

I also partook of the forbidden juice.

All I can say is.....amazing.....absolutely amazing.

Never in my life have I felt like someone stuck a garden hose down my throat and turned on the water.

Within 45 minutes of drinking this stuff, the rumbles began. I knew I was in for it at that point. The churning and burning as my intestines began to reposition themselves to allow for the next few hours of hell.

Literal hell that is. 15 minutes after the first "hint" of things to come.....they came.

I was living that scene in dumb and dumber when Harry was stuck on the toilet.....hey wait, I wonder if that is what Lloyd put in his drink.

Old Citrate's picture

I did 300 crunches before taking it. I then did deep breathing. I would expel all the air ending up expelling what is at the bottom last, and contracting my stomach. I did this many times. This is a yoga method.

I had eaten fruit and egg whites only for that day and the day before, and some fruit and a half a sandwich the day before, Sunday.

The Saturday I had gone into the ER for a kidney stone. They gave me pain killer which probably started my constipation because I had no bowel movement from Saturday to Tuesday when I took the MC. Also I was on oxycodone, which also can cause constipation.

Two hours after taking the MC, I had my first bowel movement. I did the deep breathing and did not strain at all.

Overall, so far it seems fine.

I also did crunches and abdominal exercises the previous days. Tomorrow they blast out my stone.

QueenofTMI's picture

OMG, I think I just polished off just over or under 1/2 bottle. I cannot look at it anymore. My fitness trainer recommended me to do MC and told me she will be mad if I don't. Well, I don't know if I can drink anymore of this bottle. Seriously. I will throw up. I am burping the shit up -

colon cancer survivor age 33's picture

Symptoms of Colon or Rectal Cancer:

The most common symptom is no symptom at all

Change in bowel habits (diarrhea, constipation, narrow stools)

Unexplained weight loss, vomitting, lack of energy, unexplained anemia

Blood (often not visible) in the stool (poop) or from rectum (bum)

Abdominal pain/discomfort (gas, bloating, cramps, feeling that the bowel doesn't empty completely)

I was/am a gym rat and shockingly enough was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 30 after having bowel problems for 8 months. Please demand a colonoscopy if you have these symptoms or others related to colon cancer. Yes, all this talk is funny, but sometimes it can be a serious problem. My life is saved because I had a colonoscopy after having irregular bowel movements! Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer. Thanks for reading :)

Stupid surgery!'s picture

Just was told I need a Hysterectomy(sp?)... Ugh, then he says oh BTW take MC and don't eat anything...huh? He knows I'm Hypoglacimic(sp?), I'm scared now. What does "clear liquids" mean, besides water & Sprite/7UP??? I'm freaked if this stuff treats me with the same violence as most of you, with no food, I'll end up in the Hospital!
Please if anyones out there... any suggestions?

David4842's picture

I been dealing with consipation for 13 months and i tried this liquid and i felt great for 3 weeks and then i am back to be consipation. I dont know if this liquid cleans the colon walls. I am so sick of being in pain i am afraid of this liquid cause it almost landed me in the hospital because after the battle of shitting hill was over i was so bloated the next day it hurt like hell i hate this condition i wish there way to clean colon and be normal. For me i take lots of fiber and all it does for me make me fart and i am only 28 years old people my age dont suffer like i been doing. I almost committed sucidie because pain it getting so sickning. Stupid doctors making me wait 8 months to see gastro specilist because he booked wtf can i do meantime only time i shit descently is with a lexative but the colon wall is clogged it needs to be clean i tried colon clearner only got pain and suffering. There has to be a way for medicare to cover a way for specilist to stick a pipe up your butt and put water in it and flush it out manually. I need help cause i am so bloated to the point that i have trouble breathing and when i am half way normal and my girl gets stupid flu or anything like that it will affect me 10 times more because of conspitation and it sucks I hate this i just don't know what to do i wish this liquid clean the walls of the colon and completely wash it out instead of some of it.

No shit!!'s picture

Stupid surgery! - Clear liquids mean just that, anything you can see through... jello, chicken broth... See if your doctor has a list of acceptable foods - they usually have something...

David4842 - Pain is definitely a serious issue. What is the reasoning behind the 8 month wait to see a gastroenterologist??? Doesn't seem to make much sense. Do you have insurance? I work with many insurance companies and may have some insight.

On another note, I have semi-normal bowel movements, but am also looking for something to "clean me out". $1.75 for MC is a hell of a lot more cost effective than a co-pay. I have read all posts and it doesn't appear that a lot get answered, but if someone could please answer - is this a safe way to cleanse your system???

Anonymous Coward's picture

No shit!! (not verified) -- 08.23.2007 -

use this stuff, it'll clear you out absolutely. As a matter of fact, drink 2 bottles.

Anonymous Coward's picture

I used the stuff three days ago and it worked in 4 hours...pooped twice or should i say squirted twice and three days have passed and still a bubbly belly but no more poop. It wasn't painful, never cramped or anything just bubbled.

ouchie's picture

Been plugged up for what is almost a week now. At first i bought some Milk of Magnesia, with its lovely strawberry cream death flavor. All that caused me was a bit of the runs, but no real contribution to the Porcelain God. Three days and more abdominal pain later....i go into the store, ask the pharmacist what she recommends and the first thing she says is "Enima"...well after the full body shudder (Because im NOT going there....too afraid of the pain from that one....she suggested MC. I bought a bottle (lemon) and took it home and started on it last night at 1030 pm. The taste was horrid...absolutely horrid...and so i mixed it with iced tea...which made it a lot more bearable.

Its now 230 pm, following day. I have the bubble belly, i have the cramps, but the occasional mad dash to the throne produces little more than a cup or so of liquid (not that im measuring or anything)

Question is.....should i try the god-awful enima idea next? Do they hurt?

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