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How uncomfortable is a barium enema and are there any alternatives?

How uncomfortable is a barium enema and are there any alternatives?

Moderately: Be is moderately uncomfortable. Colonoscopy is an alternative, but the 2 studies are complementary, not substitutes for one another. ...Read more

Enema (Definition)

An enema is the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels[ principly the colon/ large ...Read more


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My 18yrs old son has bloody stool and he's getting a segmoidoscopy done. He wants to be sedated. he also don't want the enema method. alternative??

My 18yrs old son has bloody stool and he's getting a segmoidoscopy done. He wants to be sedated. he also don't want the enema method. alternative??

Hematochezia: Hematochezia is bloody stools. He would benefit from sigmoidoscopy and may need a full colonoscopy as well to determine the cause of his hematochezia. The GI specialists usually use conscius sedation for the procedure. ...Read more

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My son 18yrs old with bloody stools. He was schedule for a sigmoidoscopy.,using fleet enema. He don't want to go through this. What's the alternative?

My son  18yrs old with bloody stools. He was schedule for a sigmoidoscopy.,using fleet enema. He don't want to go through this. What's the alternative?

Bowel prep: Some centers will not even attempt a procedure like a sigmoidoscopy unless the patient is willing to follow the preparation protocol. That said, they may be willing to do so if the patient does a significant bowel prep using a bottle of magnesium citrate or similar agent. I would call the center and see. The exam is worthless unless the fecal material is removed and the colon can be seen. ...Read more

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Is taking an enema safe? How long should you wait before taking it again?

Is taking an enema safe? How long should you wait before taking it again?

"Fleet": Small volume enemas (example Fleet enema) are generally very safe. If you READ THE DIRECTIONS TWICE and so it correctly you shouldn't need a second. If more than one Fleet enema is required look for other reasons for your constipation.Since some of these reasons can be serious see you Primary Care Provider Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Can I safely use two fleet enemas within a few hours?

Fleets enemas: Yes, unless you have heart disease or kidney disease, but if one fleets enema does not provide results, tehn a fleets mineral oil enema and a bottle of magnesium citrate will most likely give you better results. If the problem persists, then see your physician. ...Read more

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Should people buy and use enemas while traveling in other countries?

Staying hydrated: while traveling could mean u can forget about those enemas entirely. It's quite common to become dehydrated and therefore at risk for being constipated while traveling. Try to drink alot of water, eat fruits/veggies with fiber, & try to move around to keep the body as regular as possible. Enemas are really the last resort of constipation treatment and hope u can find an easier way to deal with it. ...Read more

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Does an enema hurt?

Does an enema hurt?

It can cause: A sense of urgency and discomfort. But, overall it is pretty tolerable. ...Read more

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What are enemas?

What are enemas?

Fluid into colon: A method of introducing fluid into the rectum via anus; can be water, salt solutions, oil for retention; do not use soap suds. Typical use is to treat constipation; can cause distension, discomfort, and stimulates bowel evacuation. Rare use to instill meds. "alternative" med use to "detoxify": unproven for this purpose; fda issued warning letters about it. ...Read more

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What is an enema?

Hard to pass: An enema is typically used for people who are constipated. The individual inserts a tube into the rectum to infuse fluid into the bowel and encourage a bowel movement. Ordinary enemas contain tap water, mixtures of soap and water, glycerine and water, or other materials. Prior to using an enema, it is advisable to consukt with a physician to determine if this is the proper treatment. ...Read more