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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