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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

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 should I do if a glycerin suppository does not work? Enema?

What should I do if a glycerin suppository does not work? Enema?

Maybe: You can try a fleet mineral oil enema. As long as you dont have an infectious process in your belly and are sure you do not have a bowel obstruction from prior surgery or some other cause, go on liquids and take 1-2 tbsp of milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) every 12 hours and you can try 1-2 tablespooons of mineral oil every 12 hours, until you have had a bowel movement and feel emptied.If doesn't resolve with abo. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to do if no relief from glycerin suppository? Will enema shoot it up inside me?

Much depends: On the duration of no bm. Laxatives either form bulk (fiber), draw fluid into the gut (mg++ types), lubricate (mineral oil), or stimulate (bisacodyl- dulcolax). Fleets enema helps clear from below, the laxatives work from above. ...Read more

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Had no bm for a week, finally succeeded w glycerin enema 4days ago.Still no bm since then. Nauseous & tried going but only alot of brown mucusy stuff?

Constipation: Recommend increasing fiber and fluid intake as well as activity. The brown mucus could be leakage around constipated stool. Could also try miralax (polyethylene glycol). If symptoms persist you need medical evaluation. ...Read more

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No bm for a week.. Resorted to very small glycerin enema.Worked immediately but had severe cramping. 5 hrs later & hasnt stopped, in excruciating pain?

No bm for a week.. Resorted to very small glycerin enema.Worked immediately but had severe cramping. 5 hrs later & hasnt stopped, in excruciating pain?

Must see a doctor: A glycerin enema should not cause cramping. If you are in excruciating pain then you need to seek medical help. A blockage can become very serious if left untreated. Signs of a blockage after using the enema as described would be diarrhea despite still feeling backed up or when you did have the bowel movement, if it was long and thin and again you still feel backed up. ...Read more

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Had impacted stool. Used two glycerin suppositories and nothing happened. used one full fleet saline enema. Relief. Stuff still there. Can I use again?

Try: A Fleet mineral oil enema. hold it in for 30 minutes if possible and lying on your left side with feet on a pillow above your hips. Once cleared, to avoid recurrence, make sure you are drinking 80-100 oz of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily. ...Read more

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My 1 year old is constipated, so I tried to insert a glycerin pediatric enema. She moved suddenly and it went into her vagina. She bled a little. ?

My 1 year old is constipated, so I tried to insert a glycerin pediatric enema. She moved suddenly and it went into her vagina. She bled a little. ?

It happens: Its happened before and is unlikely to cause any problem if you removed what you could of the suppository. The blood was likely triggered when you overstretched/tore the hymen. With a little warm water wash and time the area will heal.If she has related symptoms of pain with voiding or vaginal discharge have her evaluated. ...Read more

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Why do fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate) put stress on the kidneys? Are glycerin suppositories safer for heart patients?

Phosphate: The kidney removes excess phospate, this ability is degraded in ckd. Fleets phosphasoda enemas contain large amounts of sodium phosphate. It is recommended to not use phosphate enemas in chronic kidney disease. The same is true for na phosphate containing bowel preps. ...Read more

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What kind of enema is most commonly used?

Depends on what is: needed. Generally the most common are Fleet plain enema or a fleet mineral oil enema or equivalent store brand. Warm soap suds enema using a mild soap like Ivory can also be used. Check with your doctor to see if you really need this and which type they recommend ...Read more

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Is an enema warm or cold?

Is an enema warm or cold?

Tepid: Warm not to elicit vasovegal reflex (fainting or light hardheadedness) ...Read more

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What are oil enemas used for?

What are oil enemas used for?

Lubrication : Enemas are sometimes used to treat constipation, or hard stools. Oil retention enemas serve to lubricate the stool and area, help passage. Sometimes used ad preliminary enema before tap water or saline type (phosphate) enemas. Do not use soap suds enema-very irritating, can cause colitis (inflammation), . ...Read more

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Can i lose weight using enema?

Can i lose weight using enema?

No: No, this would not be a good or healthy method of weight control. You might clean out some stool, but in the long run this does not weigh much. Best to work with your doctor on a long-term healthy food and exercise plan. Nutritionists and trainers can help you also. ...Read more

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Can i lose weight using enemas?

Can i lose weight using enemas?

Temporarily : You would loose wt as you have multiple bowel movements however this is only temporary, this is also a non- healthy way to do wt loss as you loose fluids , electrolytes that need to be replaced in our body. ...Read more

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Can i use an enema as a douche?

No: Enemas are not meant to be used as douche. The ingredients in the two preparations are quite different and the oil in the enema is likely to make matters that you are trying to douche out, worse. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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What is soap in soap suds enema?

What is soap in soap suds enema?

Irritant. Don't use: Soap is soap. Soap suds enemas are highly irritating to the lining of the rectum and colon. Aside from causing a bowel movement can cause a whopping inflammation (colitis). Tap water enemas or store bought phosphate enemas are safer (check with md, especially if history of heart, kidney, liver trouble). Oil retention enemas are lubricant. ...Read more

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Does the enema detox really work?

Does the enema detox really work?

rids some poop: Yeah, this was a popular idea in ancient egypt, but was disproved decades ago. You will get rid of some stool. No one ever measured "toxins" supposedly removed before and after the rx to see if it worked. Pt of mine insisted on high colonics as bowel prep for colonoscopy-failed; had redo the prep and the procedure. Empty bowel may look flatter, maybe you feel better, but not detoxed. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of a soap enema?

What are the dangers of a soap enema?

What are benefits?: Why are you performing it? If constipation, general recommendation: approximate more of a squatting position to facilitate easier passage of stool. Bring a small step in front of the commode, bring your feet up. Back in the wild, animals squat. Toilets are great, but not optimal position for defecation. Enemas bring diarrhea, irritation of the colon wall. Try more fiber in the diet. ...Read more

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Should a woman use lipton tea as enema?

Should a woman use lipton tea as enema?

I can't think of...: ...ANY circumstance that would justify the risk of caffeine toxicity to use a tea or coffee-based enema. Please, tell me what you hope to accomplish with it?! ...Read more

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Will i need an enema before rectal exam?

Will i need an enema before rectal exam?

No.: A digital rectal exam does not require an enema. Stool is not normally contained in the rectum, but rather higher up in the upper rectum/sigmoid. If stool is low in the rectum, usually there will be signals to have a bowel movement, which should be done prior to a digital rectal exam. ...Read more

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What are some of the benefits of coffee enemas?

None: These were promoted by cancer quacks in the early 20th cenetury and are used today only by charlatans. People have died from them. If you think you have been suckered by a sweet-talking, seemingly-knowledgeable crook, contact your district attorney or the state board of healing arts. ...Read more

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Will I have to take an enema before a rectal exam?

No.: Rectal exam as part of a physical exam, i.e. Insertion of a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum, does not need an enema. Anoscopy (insertion of a short tube into the anus to view the area generally does not unless surgical work is planned. Examination with a sigmoidoscope (rigid or flexible) does need enemas. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give yourself an enema using the bag?

Enemas: Using the enema bag specifically designed for such? The answer is yes but. Generally the otc fleets or saline enemas are more than sufficient. Anything more you should generally have some assistance, do such carefully, stop if you have pain. I would ask you to consult with your physician as to why you are so constipated. Try increasing fiber and adding miralax (polyethylene glycol). Stay hydrated! ...Read more

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Is a saline enema more effective than a normal one?

Enemas: A saline enema is just plain salt water. It is effective but does not contain a cathartic such as phospho soda. Basically, you are just flushing yourself out with liquid. ...Read more