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what can be used as enemas, and when would a doctor prefer an enema over the usual laxatives?

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Dr. Scott Welker
26 years experience General Surgery
Almost any liquid: In fact, you can fed fed via enemas; this was common before we invented IV nutrition (parenteral nutrition). Enemas are very useful when the constipation is so bad it is making you vomit; laxatives just don't reach the colon when it's that bad.
Answered on Apr 8, 2019

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