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How strong is Metamucil vs senokot (senna) laxative?

How strong is Metamucil vs senokot (senna) laxative?

Apple and orange: Metamucil is a fibre supplement and not a laxative. That is it does not have a specific bowel stimulating effect. Senokot (senna) is a bowel stimulant. It is a vegetable product and a good product to start with if constipated. ...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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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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Is Dulcolax compatible with fleet saline enema?

Is Dulcolax compatible with fleet saline enema?

Yes: They can be used together if the dulcolax is a tablet. If it is a suppository, you should wait to see if it works before using the enema, as it would obviously wash out an unused suppository. ...Read more

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How is a mineral oil enema different from a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate)?

How is a mineral oil enema different from a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate)?

Simple!: Enemas are used to help cleanse the rectum and left colon. Mineral oil enemas are simply that - mineral oil in water. It functions to lubricate and stimulate the rectum to help evacuate stool. Fleet's enemas are made from sodium phosphates, and the salt load stimulates the bowel to secrete fluid causing a diarrhea effect. Fleets are a few ounces as opposed to mineral oil which is 2 quarts. ...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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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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What is better Dulcolax or miralax (polyethylene glycol)?

Healthtap: Doctors on healthtap are asked not to endorse particular products or product lines. ...Read more

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Which is better laxative Metamucil or colon cleanse?

Which is better laxative Metamucil or colon cleanse?

Metamucil: Metamucil in my opinion.It is natural, contains fiber, can be taken daily, also help bring your cholesterol level down. ...Read more

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What is laxative abuse vs necessary frequent laxative use?

What is laxative abuse vs necessary frequent laxative use?

How freq, necessary?: Why the need for frequent, necessary laxatives? Check diet, meds, level of activity, gyn issues. Metabolic/hormonal issues. Anything reversible here? Abuse of laxatives occurs when it is used as a means for weight control (doesn't really do that), a response to binge eating, or when one is unable or unwilling to make the necessary and appropriate lifestyle changes. See md to exclude pathology. ...Read more

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Which is better to use, glycerin suppository or a fleets enema?

Which is better to use, glycerin suppository or a fleets enema?

Glycerin vs enema: Depends on the situation. Gylcerin suppository is a lubricant that dissolves in your rectum for gentler passage of stool. A fleets enema is reserved for substantial constipation or impaction; it's a saline laxative drawing water into your colon and goes further up the colon and works around hard stools beyond the rectum. Generally, it's not uncommon to try glycerin first, then fleets. ...Read more

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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

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Can I use enema instead of colyte (polyethylene glycol) for colonoscpy?

Not really: Colyte (polyethylene glycol) or any of the other accepted preps for colonoscopy clean the entire colon from above. Enemas don not adequately clean the entire colon. A clean colon is mandatory for a thorough colonoscopy. ...Read more

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