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is it okay to use warm water instead of a fleet enema

A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Browning
29 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Yes: It really depends why you are doing an enema. If you have been advised to do a fleets enema in preparation for a procedure, it would be best to follo ... Read More
Dr. Robert Cloud
40 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Enema: Tap water enemas are fine. However, if you are having problems with constipation at age 53, you should see your physician for further workup.

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A 77-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Constipation: If you are only mildly constipated you might try using a glycerin suppository instead on an enema.
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Before self-treating: Doctors define constipation as stools less frequently than once every 3-4 days. Patients feel they are "constipated" when passing hard or small volume ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neelima Reddy
23 years experience Gastroenterology
Prefer fiber: Supplements like metamucil 2-3 tbsp a day if still not enough, try miralax use enema as needed.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
They are just as eff: They are equally effective in most cases unless one has a fecal impaction.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience Gastroenterology
Lots. call MD now: Could be anything from appendicitis to diverticulitis to ovarian or other gyn issues including tubal pregnancy to ureteral stone or other. Call your d ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Tillett
21 years experience Urology
No: Prostate problems cannot be relieved by enemas. I would recommend that you consult with a local urologist.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience Pediatrics
Never: Water enemas can be dangerous if the baby's electrolytes and vital signs are not being closely monitored - these should not be undertaken at home. Ev ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Guy DaSilva
34 years experience Preventive Medicine
Yes: Since you are looking to pull water from the blood stream to enter in the colon during an enema, this would be an ok solution to use.
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Jarrard
20 years experience General Surgery
Yes: That would be a good conservative measure. If not better, see your doc soon for assessment.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
There may be: Some discomfort from holding in a large bolus of fluid in the rectum - as it reflexively causes the urge to defecate.
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