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Doctor insights on: Fleet Phospho Soda Colonoscopy

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...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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Barium fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) for children safe for infants?

Barium fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) for children safe for infants?

Which is it?: Barium enema and fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) are different things - ba enema is only used by doctors to enhance xrays of the intestines while fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) is a home remedy which should also be used with great caution in infants. ...Read more

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Safe/reccommended to use fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) before anal sex?

Safe/reccommended to use fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) before anal sex?

Yes: I'm sure your partner would appreciate it. However, there are some contraindications to use of fleets enemas due to the phosphate (such as kidney disease). Therefore, talk with your physician. ...Read more

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

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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Can I use 2 fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate) within 24 hours?

Can I use 2 fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate) within 24 hours?

Fleet enema: It will not hurt to do that this time, but it is not a good idea to become dependent on needing enemas regularly. Basic bowel care such as getting lots of fiber and lots of fluids is the initial step. If you have chronic problems with constipation, see your doctor or consider a consult here. Good luck. ...Read more

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Which tastes better, magnesium citrate or golytely (polyethylene glycol)?

Which tastes better, magnesium citrate or golytely (polyethylene glycol)?

Depends: Which is better, chocolate ice cream or vanilla. Taste is very subjective. Most people will prefer the GoLytely (polyethylene glycol) initially but start to dislike it long before the gallon is gone. Magnesium citrate is worse intially but there is much less of it. Magnesium citrate also causes more cramping in most people. ...Read more

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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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Colonoscopy prep - is there a colyte (polyethylene glycol) alternative?

Colonoscopy prep - is there a colyte (polyethylene glycol) alternative?

Yes: Some use a small bottle of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) with 64 oz gatorade which can be supplemented by a few days of liquid diet. ...Read more

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Is golytely (polyethylene glycol) used for any medical purpose except colonoscopy prep?

Is golytely (polyethylene glycol) used for any medical purpose except colonoscopy prep?

Maybe: Some gastroenterologist use it to treat chronic constipation by dosing a glass or two per day. However, it is commercially available over the counter as mirilax or glycolax. ...Read more

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How long do fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate) work?

Fleet Enema (sodium bisphosphate): In most people, fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate) normally produce results within an hour. ...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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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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