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If I'm still constipated after a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) and dulcolax, what can I try next?
Miralax (polyethylene glycol): This is an over the counter medication. Take one capful with whatever juice of fluid you prefer once a day. It is odorless and tasteless. ...Read more
I have been really constipated for almost a week so I did fleet Enema (sodium bisphosphate). It worked great but I feel I may have squeezed it in too forcefully.??
Constipation causes: Most cases of constipation are secondary to the diet. I noticed that you also listed that you also had low thyroid output. Best measure of that is TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). Don't eat constipating foods for a while (rice, barley, oatmeal) milk, bananas. It should do it. ...Read more
Which is better to relieve slight constipation due to eating too many vegetables, a hot water enema or a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate)?
Before self-treating: Doctors define constipation as stools less frequently than once every 3-4 days. Patients feel they are "constipated" when passing hard or small volume stool, or they feel full ; bloated. Had an x-ray to show you're not blocked? We don't know if your gut is sluggish or your rectum works correctly--these can be tested for (sitz marker study ; anal manometry, respectively). See a GI specialist. ...Read more
See below.: Good question. Fleets enema: commonly used ~4 oz saline laxative; sodium phosphate-based; can cause adverse reactions in certain individuals (age >55) with certain pre-existing conditions (e.g. dehydration, impaired kidney function, congestive heart failure, abnormal electrolytes) if used too often (>3 days or >1 dose/24 hrs). I recommend you ask your MD about proper dosing and alternatives. ...Read more
I toke two laxative two night ago an yesterday I felt sick so did a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) an it only got small amount out I stay constipated?
Constipation: Not sure what laxative you used. Normally, I would recommend the patient to have adequate hydration, stay active with exercising, eat high fiber diet. In addition, add fiber supplement such as citrucel (one table spoon in 8 oz of water daily). If the above is not improved, add MiraLAX (otc, one table spoon in 8 oz of water, daily to bid). Other agents are linzess, amitiza (lubiprostone). Work close with drs. ...Read more
Rephrasing question. I have seen GI drs but still no answer for chronic constipation! Can someone tell me how often I can use fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) in1 week?
I just started accutane. I have really bad constipation I think its unrelated to accutane. Is it okay to use a laxative or fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) with this drug?
I have not had a BM in 10 days and know my chest is hurting, I'm always constipated I have take dulcolax, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) colace, mag, enema no results?
I've always had: Success with Milk of Magnesia.Take a capful every 8 hours until u go. If you don't go after 3 doses, go to the ER. You may have become resistant to laxatives. Plan to see Gastroenterology for help with your chronic constipation.Once u do go, get on daily Miralax (polyethylene glycol) and a high fiber diet.Stop all stimulant laxatives. ...Read more
I am 12 weeks pregnant with twins and had severe constipation. Is it safe to use a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) and how often?
Fleet enemas can be used safely in pregnancy but should not be your first choice for constipation. Constipation in pregnancy should be treated with the following, in this order:
1. Fiber supplement and increased hydration
2. Oral stool softener (like docusate)
3. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or milk of magnesia, or other oral pro-motility agent
4. Rectal suppository (like bisacoidyl)
5. Enema (like fleets). ...Read more
How often should I use an enema for constipation? Are the fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate) ok twice a week?
See your doctor: See your doctor. You may gain sufficient benefit from increased fiber and fluid in your diet so that enemas won't be needed. However, a complete history and physical is crucial to exclude other causes of constipation such as hypothyroidism or anatomic problems. Enemas do have potential complications: I have cared for patients with rectal perforation after enemas. ...Read more
Yes: Companies sell these products and make money at it. It is safe to assume someone has used these products for their intended purpose. ...Read more
6days constipated have taken ducolax Phillips caplets and enemas. All it's done is make my stomach hurt. I don't know what to do. Help please?
You need evaluation: Constipation is very common, related to bad eating habits and sedentary life style. Recommend high fiber diet, plenty of water, and exercise program. Because you had 6 days of constipation and no results after enema and dulcolax, you should go to your family doctor or walk in clinic ASAP. ...Read more
I was prescribed ducolax for constipation at the hospital. Dr gave me a enema. Took 2 ducloax Friday night and last night and no bowel movements?
Continue as directed: Make sure you're taking in plenty of water. Eat a balanced diet, or add a bulk laxative e.g. Metamucil. Stay active. If you're taking pain meds, such as vicodin or codeine, try to reduce your intake. If this persists, don't hesitate to call your doctor and give him/her an update. Good luck ...Read more
It's been 4days since I've had a bowel, I tried laxatives and there not working, I try to fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) and that worked perfect 4 me how often can I use?
See below: Generally they can be used every few days as needed. If the problem persists, see your family doctor. ...Read more
Suffering from severe constipation, natural ways to try to poop didn't work. Took 2 dulcolax last night (first time ever) & now in excruciating pain?!?
Don't know: You don't report if you now have pooped. If you have, you may need to consult your primary care provider. If you have not pooped, try a Fleet enemy to clean out your lower GI track. ...Read more
Constipated for 3-4 days and have hemorrhoid. Dulcolax stool softener & preparation h cream doesn't help much. So painful when stool try to pass. Help?
May need surgery: If stool softeners don't help, the hemorrhoid could be thrombosed or clotted. The swelling can be very painful. You could possible have a fissure or tear and those are very painful as well. Other rx meds can possibly help or you may need surgery. See your doctor to determine the right course of therapy. ...Read more
Me? Not personally: Typically won't be toxic, even if expired. ...Read more
Colace (docusate sodium) after fleets: Yes.Get a more detailed answer ›
How often can I take a fleet enema? I have oic taking amitiza (lubiprostone) 24, tried linzess. Have used enemas weekly.
We should not have: Backwards. The first thing before taiking medications articularly chroically and in such manner, we need to make diagmosis. Once the diagosis is made most of the job is done. ...Read more
I just found out I was pregnant a week ago I have no clue how far along I am but is it ok to use a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate)?
Not first choice: Preferable to use other methods first. An ultrasound can determine your gestational age ...Read more
There may be: Some discomfort from holding in a large bolus of fluid in the rectum - as it reflexively causes the urge to defecate. ...Read more
Holding in a large: Bollus of fluid in the rectum can be uncomfortable. However, if you have been consitpated then getting rid of excess stool will likely be a big relief. ...Read more
Follow instructions: Follow the instructions. Also lots of info online. I searched google and found many references here is one. Http://www. Livestrong. Com/article/201923-how-to-use-fleet-enemas-prior-to-a-prostate-biopsy/. ...Read more
No: Do not give yourself a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) vaginally. ...Read more
Why???: If your problem is severe constipation, other solutions are better, such as bulk agents (fiber), stool softeners, more fluid intake, etc. Otherwise, there is no benefit and you may be avoiding evaluation by your doctor for another problem or issue that needs to be checked. See your doctor rather than use fleets 3x per week! ...Read more
Enema: Sometimes an enema will work right away, sometimes it takes an hour or two. Depending on the age of the child you may want to use something by mouth instead. If the child holds his poop and you put something in his bottom he may feel punished and continue to hold in the future. Clean out, followed by daily stool softener, and consistent toileting time is often a better option. ...Read more
No bm after using fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) x2 nights in a row & 1 suppository before then. Last bm was 1 week ago. Cause for concern? Or ok to wait til monday?
Probably OK: But the more important question is why are you this constipated? How do you feel otherwise? If your abdomen is distended, you have nausea or vomiting, are running a fever or having other symptoms you may need to be seen sooner. You should see a doctor and have the constipation evaluated completely, including thyroid function tests. ...Read more