ask: Do I take Magnesium in the am or pm??

By Kristin Davis February 28, 2009 - 10:04pm
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I've heard two different opinions on this and I'm wondering what the EmpowHer answer is.... I recently started taking a magnesium supplement (400mg) after the recommendation of our wondrous Coach Virginia due to my RLS issue. And I'm curious to know what time of the day would be most advantageous for me to take it, as far as absorption is concerned, so that I get the most benefit from it. I currently take Omeprazole, a proton pump inhibitor, first thing in the morning due to my GERD. I don't know if this would have any affect on how a supplement is absorbed. In the evening at bedtime, I take Yaz birth control pill. Those are the only meds I take and I take no other supplements. Thanks for any input you might have!

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I have RLS and take magnesium by nature made 250mg every NIGHT. RLS creeps up more at night so it's best to take at night before bedtime. Plus you will get a better night sleep. Avoid magnesium oxide as it is not well absorbed. Good luck. But take continuously and you will see the amazing results. You'll poop better too!!

September 27, 2015 - 9:56am
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Please help, i take multi-vit., COQ10 100mg, Magnesuin 200mg, 81mg asprin, Metformin for Pre-diabeties and Amlodipine for high blood pressure and i have problems sleeping at night...never get sleepy...HELP! I told my Doctor about it and he told me to take Melatonin 0.3mg in which i am afraid to take because a Dr. at the GYM told me that it causes Suicidal thoughts????? HELP!! also tried Cherry Juice didn't work......

February 6, 2015 - 9:39am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I was having lots of problems with lack of sleep . After a bad side effect form levofloxin . Linden tea help me plus cherry tart . My reflux and stomach problems i fix with raw red cabagge juice . Dgl licorice and d limonene . Dont eat 3 hours befkre bed . I get some stomach problems if i eat. Chocolate or pizza other than ghat i eat everything . Low on red meats . Marshmellow root heal your guts . This work for me .do your onw research im not a doctor i cant tell you what to do god bless you

April 19, 2015 - 6:57am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Calm down!! Don't listen to anybody at the gym on medical advice and melatonin is a hormone already in your body and that is such a low dose.-- No. If you are concerned, call any Cvs in your area, ask for the pharmacist, and ask if that is a likely side effect.

I highly HIGHLY doubt that it would be an OVER THE COUNTER medication (MELATONIN) would be allowed to be on the shelves if it were dangerous.

I take melatonin for sleep. It's the best thing / most natural thing. RECOMMENDED BY MY TOP OF THE LINE DOCTORS! Look, if you have those thoughts, take notice, and stop taking it.

Many things have side effects. In fact, everything does. Flipping out bc a lot of them sound or are scary isn't worth it. No doctor worth his salt would have told you that.

April 13, 2015 - 7:08pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I'm a pharmacist and I absolutely agree! Melatonin is safe and effective and interacts with very few medications. Even children can safely take melatonin

May 4, 2015 - 6:07pm
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I started taking magnesium a few months back and i notice if i take them at night (bed time) it keeps me awake, but when i take them around 10am with my breakfast and find out that i sleep much better at might...

January 30, 2015 - 9:55am
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I suffer from anxiety/panic disorder and my health food nutritionist recommended that I take magnesium 1 hour before dinner at 4pm. Prior to his advice, I took the magnesium at bedtime and couldn't sleep. Please ask your health practitioner or health food nutritionist and mention your health history.

November 20, 2014 - 11:50pm
Michelle King Robson Expert HERWriter
I take my Twin Labs 400mg of Magnesium every night ever since my hormone specialist told me to for my bowel regulation as well as it calms down the internal organs. I cannot do without it and it's only Twin Labs that works for me. Saved my gut. Can't live without it!! This is not a promotion..It really does work and everyone I introduce Twin Labs too loves it! MKRAugust 30, 2014 - 1:30pm
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Anonymous (reply to Michelle King Robson)

Could you please indicate what gut problem you were taking it for? I have fibromyalgia and have been told by my doctor to take magnesium but I've read that it can give you diarrhea. I also have IBS with almost daily diarrhea so the last thing I want is more diarrhea from taking magnesium. Your feedback would be most helpful.


February 7, 2015 - 6:30pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Magnesium Glycinate has is the best form of Magnesium if you want the least problems with loose bowels. Here is a list of the different types of Magnesium.

September 29, 2015 - 11:00pm
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