A 36-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 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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Dr. Imran Saeed
18 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Diff mech of action: Fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) acts as a laxative. It drawas water in which makes the stool soft and easier to move. Mineral oil acts as a lubricant where it coats the stool. It prevents water from being absorbed from the stool and makes it easier for the body to move it. In general less water will make the stool hard and ddifficult for the body to move. Both enemas are safe to use when needed.
Answered on Apr 26, 2019

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