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How long do the effects of a Fleet enema last for

A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Maybe/not: In the average person this would be okay at your age but might be risky in certain conditions/reasons. When you post on this site the more background ... Read More

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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
There may be: Some discomfort from holding in a large bolus of fluid in the rectum - as it reflexively causes the urge to defecate.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Holding in a large: Bollus of fluid in the rectum can be uncomfortable. However, if you have been consitpated then getting rid of excess stool will likely be a big relief... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Perry Milman
49 years experience
Soon: A Fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) should work within 5 minutes. Most people cannot hold it longer than that.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. You Sung Sang
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology 32 years experience
Fairly quickly: Given its local stimulant effects, enemas tend to work faster than oral laxatives - usually within 15-20 minutes.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 44 years experience
Me? not personally: Typically won't be toxic, even if expired.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Natalie Sieb
Family Medicine 15 years experience
Impaction?: It's possible that you have an impaction so hard and stuck up there that even the Fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) did not touch it and therefore the... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Kline
Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Buffered phosphate: Fleets contains a buffered phosphate solution. This causes a mild stimulation of the rectal reflex. The response is also to to stimulating the stretch... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chad Morse
Gastroenterology 26 years experience
Fecal disimpaction: Enema liquids are widely varied: fleets is a brand of a chemical called phosphosoda or sodium phosphate. Coffee, soap suds, tap water, glycerin, gast... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 44 years experience
Bottle or bag: Fleet's brand enemas come in a variety of types-phosphate, saline, oil. They come in pre-filled bottles. Regular enema is tap water, often hung in a b... Read More