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Is it okay to use warm water instead of a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate)?

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Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 30 years experience
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 follow that recommendation. If you are taking a daily or periodic enema to aid bowel function, then tap water may be adequate. In theory, warm water relaxes the bowel, so a warm water enema may be less effective than a room or tap temperature enema.
Dr. Robert Cloud
Colon and Rectal Surgery 41 years experience
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 48-year-old member asked:

How long do fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate) work?

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Dr. Evans Prieston
Pharmacology 44 years experience
Fleet Enema (sodium bisphosphate): In most people, fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate) normally produce results within an hour.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) and a regular enema?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 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 bag (looks like a hot water bottle with a hose and nozzle). Do not use soap suds-very irritating to lining of colon.

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