A 45-year-old member asked:
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How is a mineral oil enema different from a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate)?

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Dr. David Stein
23 years experience in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Simple!: Enemas are used to help cleanse the rectum and left colon. Mineral oil enemas are simply that - mineral oil in water. It functions to lubricate and stimulate the rectum to help evacuate stool. Fleet's enemas are made from sodium phosphates, and the salt load stimulates the bowel to secrete fluid causing a diarrhea effect. Fleets are a few ounces as opposed to mineral oil which is 2 quarts.
Answered on Apr 26, 2019
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