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If I'm still constipated after a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) and dulcolax, what can I try next?

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

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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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.??

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

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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

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How can I safely use a fleet enema for constipation if I have chronically low potassium?

How can I safely use a fleet enema for constipation if I have chronically low potassium?

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

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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?

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

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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 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?

Yes: You can use a laxative once in a while but concentrate on eating healthy with enough fiber and more fruits and vegetables to avoid medications. If chronically constipated you may need doctors advice of how to tackle it with a stool softener which would be safer. ...Read more

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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 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

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I am 12 weeks pregnant with twins and had severe constipation. Is it safe to use a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) and how often?

I am 12 weeks pregnant with twins and had severe constipation. Is it safe to use a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) and how often?

Constipation: 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

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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

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Has anyone had problems with bisacodyl enema for constipation?

Has anyone had problems with bisacodyl enema for constipation?

Not a reliable enema: Not a very reliable enema. Can provoke the colon to empty at unexpected times. I prefer a saline based enema with additives such as glycerin. ...Read more

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Has anyone used a fleet regular enema or bisacodyl enema for constipation?

Has anyone used a fleet regular enema or bisacodyl enema for constipation?

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

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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

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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?

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

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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

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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?

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

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What is in a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) that makes it work so well?

Buffered phosphate: Fleets contains a buffered phosphate solution. This causes a mild stimulation of the rectal reflex. The response is also to to stimulating the stretch fibers in the rectal which causes a relex contraction of the muscular wall. ...Read more

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Bisacodyl (Definition)

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