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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


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How often should I use an enema for constipation? Are the fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate) ok twice a week?

How often should I use an enema for constipation? Are the fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate) ok twice a week?

See your doctor: See your doctor. You may gain sufficient benefit from increased fiber and fluid in your diet so that enemas won't be needed. However, a complete history and physical is crucial to exclude other causes of constipation such as hypothyroidism or anatomic problems. Enemas do have potential complications: I have cared for patients with rectal perforation after enemas. Read more

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Please describe a good enema to use for long term constipation (two years)?

Please describe a good enema to use for long term constipation (two years)?

Fleet: Plain or mineral oil is ok. However, you need to be examined to determine the cause of your recent constipation, with a colonoscopy if you haven't had one in the past few years. Also try eating a high fiber diet and drinking more fluids and less caffeine and alcohol both of which contribute to constipation. Read more

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Is it OK, as an exception or say once a month, to take three small 5oz enemas in a morning for thorough cleansing, nothing to do with constipation.

Is it OK, as an exception or say once a month, to take three small 5oz enemas in a morning for thorough cleansing, nothing to do with constipation.

Fiber not Enema: Careful, stretching your colon/rectum can over stretch it and cause adjustment and damage in the nerve receptors that control the peristalsis and sensation of going to the BR. Some people end up chronically constipated, always needing an enema. It is best to eat much fiber, so it naturally moves quickly. If a "toxin" was not absorbed over "miles" of small intestine villus, it will not be absorbed Read more

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Severe constipation. Does an enema hurt?

Severe constipation. Does an enema hurt?

Not occassionally: But harsh laxatives like exlax, dulcolax, magnesium citrate, correctol can cause severe problems. Stay on a liquid diet, take mineral oil and/or milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) until blockage is resolved. Read more

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What should I do after constipation relief from enema?

Diet: Diet modification is iin order. Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables, reduce milk and milk products and increase amount of hi fiber cereals and nuts. Read more

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Wat enemas can b used in a 7month old with constipation?

None: Enemas should not be used in 7 month old babies. Glycerine suppository can be easily used and be helpful in relieving constipation in an infant. Read more

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Need advice on what is the the best enema recipe for constipation?

Fleets enema: Fleets enemas are gentle and do give a good result. However, when starting to treat constipation oral agents to start are better than enemas. Read more

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Constipation problem would it be good to use saline enema on myself?

Constipation problem would it be good to use saline enema on myself?

Start simple, but...: First optimize fiber ; h2o intake. Next, docusate helps moisten ; soften hard, dry stools. It is not a true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours. This is safe ; available for anyone over 2, ; ;assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. But change in bowels is a "red flag" that needs evaluation if persistent. Read more

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Constipation how many times should I used fleet saline enema should I only used it one time today?

Get seen: If diet / stool softener hasn't worked and you're still constipated, get evaluted by a competent physician. Hypothyroidism is easy to diagnose; another cause that's often missed is porphyria. Read more

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Is it safe to use of enemas to treat constipation?

Is it safe to use of enemas to treat constipation?

Yes: Occasionally. Regular use is not recommended. Fleet or sodium phosphate enemas should not be used in patients with kidney disease b. Read more

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Has anyone had problems with bisacodyl enema for constipation?

Not a reliable enema: Not a very reliable enema. Can provoke the colon to empty at unexpected times. I prefer a saline based enema with additives such as glycerin. 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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