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Dr. Mark Wert
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Is it safe to give yourself an enema using the bag?

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. Stay hydrated! ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Enema (Definition)

An enema is the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels[ principly the colon/ large ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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The JBL bag holds alot of water but how large an enema is safe to take? Also, how often can I use enemas?

Enema: Enemas should only be used on rare occasions. If you use them regularly then your body gets to the point that you will only have a BM when you use an enema. I would recommend when you use an enema that it be no more than 8-16 oz of fluid. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Dr. Robert Kwok
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Is there a homemade solution to use by enema method to soothe my colon pain? Colonoscopy messed me up badly.

Is there a homemade solution to use by enema method  to soothe my colon pain? Colonoscopy messed me up badly.

Wouldn't go there!: Humans are not designed to have people create homemade solutions to send up the butt. A G.I. Specialist can help, along with a primary care doctor. There may be approved enemas out there, but their effects and their side effects on a particular patient (and his or her underlying medical issues) should be carefully considered before venturing into enema territory. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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Barium enma test requires I drink a prep & enema 4 evacuation. But I have an ostomy bag and stoma. Should I take the prep if my rectum is inactive?

Barium enma  test requires I drink a prep & enema 4 evacuation. But I have an ostomy bag and stoma.  Should I  take the prep if my rectum is inactive?

Yes: I will say "yes" because you put out stool through your colostomy bag and therefore it needs to be removed before barium enema. The only question i really have is why would you need to have barium enema to evaluate your colon when you can have colonoscopy? When barium enema is done on people without colostomy, they are usually expected to contract their anal sphincter to hold it. What about you? ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Zimon
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Is taking an enema safe? How long should you wait before taking it again?

Is taking an enema safe? How long should you wait before taking it again?

"Fleet": Small volume enemas (example Fleet enema) are generally very safe. If you READ THE DIRECTIONS TWICE and so it correctly you shouldn't need a second. If more than one Fleet enema is required look for other reasons for your constipation.Since some of these reasons can be serious see you Primary Care Provider Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Should people buy and use enemas while traveling in other countries?

Staying hydrated: while traveling could mean u can forget about those enemas entirely. It's quite common to become dehydrated and therefore at risk for being constipated while traveling. Try to drink alot of water, eat fruits/veggies with fiber, & try to move around to keep the body as regular as possible. Enemas are really the last resort of constipation treatment and hope u can find an easier way to deal with it. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Cloud
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Can I safely use two fleet enemas within a few hours?

Fleets enemas: Yes, unless you have heart disease or kidney disease, but if one fleets enema does not provide results, tehn a fleets mineral oil enema and a bottle of magnesium citrate will most likely give you better results. If the problem persists, then see your physician. ...Read more

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