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What to do if enemas and laxatives don't work for me?

What to do if enemas and laxatives don't work for me?

Evaluation needed...: Before you contemplate long term laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology or extrinsic impingement, or intermittent ileus (e.g. Pseudo-obstruction). ...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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What will be the effect of taking a laxative and enema together?

What will be the effect of taking a laxative and enema together?

Diarrhea: Commonly both are not needed but if necessary canne used together. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat laxative and enema dependency?

How do doctors treat laxative and enema dependency?

Depends on cause: Laxative dependency develops for lots of reasons: 1) desire for rapid weight loss/ eating disorders; 2) reduction of GI symptoms of bloating/fullness; 3) in the setting of colon & rectal dysfunction (e.g. Colonic inertia, rectal dyssynergia, spinal cord injuries); 4) a misguided sense that "cleansing" in good for you; 5) more... First, fix/ address the underlying problem. 2nd, stop otc laxatives. ...Read more

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What is official diagnosis for laxative abuse? Does that include enemas?

What is official diagnosis for laxative abuse? Does that include enemas?

Types of abusers: Two patient groups (both will deny laxative ingestion): bulemia nervosa (typically women 18-40), & surreptitious laxative abusers (usually women 40-60). "irritant" purgatives cause: melanosis coli (reversible pigmenting of colon lining), cathartic colon ("floppy" colon with limited muscle tone), & soap or chemical colitis (acute inflammation within hours of "cleansing" enema). Suspects need eval. ...Read more

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Last bm was 2/4. Dr prescribed laxative and it did not work. Just used an enema and bm was enema fluid & blood tinged white mucus. What else can I do?

Daily fiber...: Make sure you have adequate fiber and fluid intake. Metamucil or similar 1-2 times daily with a full glass of water is a good start along with regular exercise. If this does not help then MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) 1 capful in a glass of water 1-2 times daily would be next. If this does not work you should see your doctor. If you have blood in your stool, vomiting or weight loss you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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I am experiencing severe constipation I have tried laxatives, enemas, and diet change and nothing has brought lasting results

I am experiencing severe constipation I have tried laxatives, enemas, and diet change and nothing has brought lasting results

Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids. See your doctor if no improvement with abo. ...Read more

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Constipated for a long time now and depended on enema, laxative, etc. Now pregnant with 2nd baby and seriously constipated. Help!

Common problem: Constipation is a common problem in pregnancy. It is safe to use a fiber supplement, probiotics, a stool softener like colace, or a gentle laxative like miralax (polyethylene glycol). My concern is that the constipation was happening in between pregnancies (when things should have been getting back to normal). I'd like to know if your doctor has checked your thyroid function levels. Hypo-thyroid can cause constipation. ...Read more

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I would love to clear out my colon just once, to see how I feel. I hear a lot just accumulates & sits. What's best way? Laxative? Softener? No enemas.

I would love to clear out my colon just once, to see how I feel. I hear a lot just accumulates & sits. What's best way? Laxative? Softener? No enemas.

Things don't sit: Stuff doesn't sit around in the colon. If constipated, one needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. If constipation is just due to slow movement of the food and poop through the gut, then the things to try are vegetables, water, prune juice, prunes, fiber+water, Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) Senokot or other senna, milk of magnesia, other laxatives... A doctor can evaluate and prescribe helpful meds too. ...Read more

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What will happen if I used a saline laxative enema in my vagina instead of anus by mistake?

What will happen if I used a saline laxative enema in my vagina instead of anus by mistake?

A douche instead: It will simply flush the contents of your vagina out if it just contains a hypertonic saline solution although it might cause very mild irritation. Overall, it should be very innocuous. ...Read more

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Extremely constipated. Tried laxatives, taking Metamucil (fiber capsules) every day, tried an enema. Have got only a little relief. Please help!

Go see your doctor: Because you live in australia, I don't know what's available over there with (out) a prescription so best to go see your doctor (who can also check for hypothyroidism). Avoid older antihistamines which can lead to constipation & urinary retention. Lots of different laxatives. Consider polyethylene glycol (available here in states w/o prescription), magnesium citrate, lactulose, senna, etc. ...Read more

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I have fecal impaction. I will have insurance in 4 days, what should I do for those 4 days? I have no pain, uncomfortable. Tried enema and laxative.

I have fecal impaction. I will have insurance in 4 days, what should I do for those 4 days? I have no pain, uncomfortable. Tried enema and laxative.

Constipation: If enema and suppositories are not working try to increase water intake and lots of fiber. If does not work and you start feeling worse you have to get evaluated. If you develop significant abdominal pain, vomiting and abdominal distension you would need to go to the ed. ...Read more

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I've had impacted feces back to back in the past 3 weeks, removed through enemas & laxatives. Doc recommends fibre supplements but it makes it worse?

I've had impacted feces back to back in the past 3 weeks, removed through enemas & laxatives. Doc recommends fibre supplements but it makes it worse?

He might not have: Heard about a new drug Linaclotide for that. Also, if you are on narcotics, fiber won't help but newer drugs like relistor would be very helpful ...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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Can I take a laxative or enema instead of colyte (polyethylene glycol) powder for my barium enema?

Can I take a laxative or enema instead of colyte (polyethylene glycol) powder for my barium enema?

Yes: There are plenty of different preps. Some include citrate of magnesia and ducolax and others may include golytely (polyethylene glycol). Speak to your md. All will include liquid diet and lots of water. ...Read more

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Can I take a laxative or enema instead of the colyte (polyethylene glycol) powder for a barium enema?

Can I take a laxative or enema instead of the colyte (polyethylene glycol) powder for a barium enema?

Yes: While it's best to follow the bowel cleansing regimen prescribed, the end result to completely cleanse the colon so that clear liquid is coming out before do the barium enema. ...Read more

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Can I take a laxative or enema instead of the colyte (polyethylene glycol) powder for my barium enema? Thanks in advance.

Can I take a laxative or enema instead of the colyte (polyethylene glycol) powder for my barium enema? Thanks in advance.

Variable: Many preparations available for cleansing colon. Different institutions have different methods for cleansing. Laxatives such as Dulcolax dulcolax suppositories, drinking magnesium citrate and/or golytely (polyethylene glycol) are methods sometimes in combinations. You should ask your place where study is being performed for their advice. ...Read more

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Strain when I have a bm constipated all the time took enema and laxative fri now im constipated again what could this be and what can I do?

Several. Things: Constipation can be caused by numerous different things. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a safe laxative to use to help you at home.

However you should consider seeing a doctor to evaluate this further for you and hopefully help you in the long run. ...Read more

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I was constipated and tried several diffrent laxatives and 3 enemas, I was able to get some hard stool out with a glove, followed by some loose stool,?

I was constipated and tried several diffrent laxatives and 3 enemas, I was able to get some hard stool out with a glove, followed by some loose stool,?

You do not: Give an age but I assume you are an adult with a chronic constipation issue. This is now being treated with SPECIFIC MEDICATION (S) and STRONGLY suggest you seek out this treatment from your Primary Healthcare Provider! In the meantime, INCREASE your FLUIDS (At LEAST 5 glasses of WATER/day!
Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...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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