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Could a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) give you diarrhea?

Could a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) give you diarrhea?

Fleets enema: Absolutely. It is a saline laxative and draws water into the colon and causes diarrhea. Its effects are limited and should only provide a transient diarrhea. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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How to give yourself a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate)?

How to give yourself a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate)?

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

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How should fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) feel?

How should fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) feel?

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

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What is using a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) like?

What is using a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) like?

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

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How long does a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) take to work?

Soon: A Fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) should work within 5 minutes. Most people cannot hold it longer than that. ...Read more

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How quickly does fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) take to work?

How quickly does fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) take to work?

Fairly quickly: Given its local stimulant effects, enemas tend to work faster than oral laxatives - usually within 15-20 minutes. ...Read more

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How long do the effects of a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) last?

How long do the effects of a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) last?

Not long: The effects of the Fleet's enema would be measured in hours. Certainly It will wear off by the next day. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long do the effects of a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) last for?

How long do the effects of a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) last for?

Briefly: Fleets enemas work by causing distension of the rectum, leading to evacuation of the contents of the rectum. If you have had a fecal impaction, you may have loose stools for a day or two. A sensitivity to the chemicals in the fleets may cause a mild inflammation in the rectum that should resolve over a brief time. Any continued symptoms may warrant an evalustion by a doctor. ...Read more

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What happens if all the fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) came out clear?

What happens if all the fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) came out clear?

Impaction?: It's possible that you have an impaction so hard and stuck up there that even the Fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) did not touch it and therefore the only thing that came back out was the enema itself. Otherwise, I would really expect your stool to be some shade of brown. I am wondering what the consistency of it was? Liquid? You may need to see your doctor for a specialist referral and other advanced options. ...Read more

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

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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Can you make a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) at home? Heard about soapsuds

Fecal disimpaction: Enema liquids are widely varied: fleets is a brand of a chemical called phosphosoda or sodium phosphate. Coffee, soap suds, tap water, glycerin, gastrograffin as well as other more rare liquids have been used. They all work by stimulating bowel contraction by stretching the colon, and softening the stool by adding water. Safest would be to just use tap water, 500-1000ml for up to 3 days. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) 3 times a week?

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

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What does a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) feel like if you don't insert it far?

It feels like fluid: It will feel like fluid running inside your rectum and will not be that effective unlees inserted properly. Follo the directions on the box. ...Read more

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At what rate does a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) make a child evacuate his bowels?

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

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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

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Should a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) burn when I use it?

No: Enemas should not be painful. It is possible it was inserted in such a way that it caused a mucosal tear or fissure. Do not try using another enema until you have been evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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

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. ...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

Enema (Definition)

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


Dr. Mark Pack
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Sodium Bisphosphate (Definition)

Sodium bisphosphate is a laxative which is a ...Read more