Citramag Bowel Evacuant Powder Sachets 29.5g (10)
- Effectively Empties The Bowels
- Easy To Take
- For Preperation Of Colonscopy
- Buy With Confidence From UK Registered Pharmacy
Citramag sachets contain magnesium citrate, which is the active ingredient of this medicine. It’s known as an osmotic laxative. Magnesium citrate works by causing water to be drawn into the large intestine
Citramag Bowel Evacuant Powder Sachets
What Is Citramag Used For?
Citramag sachets contain magnesium citrate, which is the active ingredient of this medicine. It’s known as an osmotic laxative. Magnesium citrate works by causing water to be drawn into the large intestine. This increases the water content of the stools, which stimulates the colon to contract and move its contents along to the rectum, so that the bowel can then be emptied. It causes frequent, liquid stools to be passed until the bowel is emptied. This medicine is used to cleanse the bowel prior to examination or surgical procedures that need the colon to be clean of stools, e.g. colonoscopy or barium enema. It is NOT used to treat constipation.
See more information on colonscopies on the NHS website.
Before You Use Citramag
Do NOT use this medicine if you:
- are very dehydrated.
- have a blockage in the stomach or intestines.
- have an abnormal hole in the stomach or intestines (gastrointestinal perforation).
- have reduced muscle activity in the intestines (ileus).
- have retention of food in the stomach (gastric retention).
- have severe inflammation of the large intestine (toxic colitis).
- have a sudden expansion of the large intestine seen in advanced ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease (toxic megacolon).
- have severely decreased kidney function.
How To Use Citramag
- Citramag should be taken the day before your appointment. Follow the instructions given by your doctor. Two doses will be needed, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The amount to take with each dose depends on age. This will be printed on the dispensing label that your pharmacist has put on the packet of medicine. If you are unsure about anything ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
- For adults, the usual dose is one sachet taken at 8am, followed by a second sachet between 2 and 4 pm.
- Each sachet of Citramag should be prepared when needed by dissolving the contents of one sachet into 200ml of hot water. The solution should be allowed to cool for about 30 mintues before you drink it.
- You should expect to start having frequent bowel movements from any time after you have taken the first dose of Citramag. Ensure you stay near a toilet until the effects of the medicine have worn off.
- When taking Citramag it is important to make sure that water lost from the body is replaced by drinking plenty of clear fluids (e.g. water, fruit squash, clear soup, black tea or black coffee). You should start drinking plenty of fluids after your first dose of Citramag and continue up until your procedure.
How To Store Citramag
- Keep out of sight and reach of children.
- Do not store above 25°C.
- Do not use after the expiry date printed on the pack after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
- Keep in original packaging to protect from moisture and light.
- Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Some of these side effects include:
- Abdominal pain.
- Swelling of the abdomen.
- Flatulence (wind).
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Soreness of the back passage (anus).
- Changes in the amounts of salts (electrolytes) in the blood.
- Allergic reactions.
The active substances are magnesium carbonate and anhydrous citric acid.