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What makes Fleet enemas more effective than water or saline

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.
Dr. Sean O Donovan
33 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Irritants: Fleets enemas contain a powerful irritant to cause your colon to make mucus that aids in evacuation-simple saline and water do not!

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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Why using : Enemas? You should be eating enough fruits and veggies that you should not need enemas. Water enemas are not safe and can alter your electrolytes. Mir ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience Family Medicine
Saline is good...: Not too many people stock saline at home, but if you have it at home, it is ok to use with your enema. Saline is basically water +salt+chloride in co ... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run la ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Gromisch
37 years experience Gastroenterology
Enemas: A saline enema is just plain salt water. It is effective but does not contain a cathartic such as phospho soda. Basically, you are just flushing you ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Enemas oil based/sal: Saline enemas loosen stool and stimulate bowel movement.If used frequently these can cause hypocalcemia and hyperphosptemia.It is effective in severly ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Haider Goussous
62 years experience General Surgery
Yes: Mineral oil enema is more helpful if you are constipated for few days, it eases up passing the hard stools.
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A male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Trial: Start with Fleets enema and if that does not work you may go to mineral oil enema. It may help to take a fiber laxative like Metamucil and drink enoug ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Carter
38 years experience Urology
Neither: Hypertonic saline will draw water out of cells. Distilled water is pulled into cells. Normal Saline is the normal fluid for cell health - does not swe ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
37 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Not for long: The rectum can sense solids like stool better than liquids, like diarrhea, but the water frm an enema wil either be absorbed (a very small amount) or ... Read More

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