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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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Can I use enemas against constipation for longterm?

Can I use enemas against constipation for longterm?

Get checked: See gastroenterologist to he diagnosis and treatment plan. ...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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I am experiencing constipation. Went to the ER, they told me to do an enema. Didn't work. Now what????

I am experiencing constipation. Went to the ER, they told me to do an enema. Didn't work. Now what????

See a GI: Foods high in fat tend to constipate you. Foods high in fiber favor looser stools. Fruits vegetable, whole grains are excellent sources of fiber. Also, fiber only works if u are well hydrated so increase water, juice etc. See a GI specialist to rule out another cause of your problem. Supplements can then be added until you have regular bms. Very rarely you may need surgery. ...Read more

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I did a 6 oz water only enema today to help with constipation which worked, anything I should watch out for? Precautions?

I did a 6 oz water only enema today to help with constipation which worked, anything I should watch out for? Precautions?

Constipation: You should include bulk fiber and lots of liquid in your oral intake daily. You might also consider having your thyroid function tested. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it safe or effective to use a turkey baster for a homemade enema to treat constipation?

Is it safe or effective to use a turkey baster for a homemade enema to treat constipation?

Think it over-: There are many premade enema kits that are safe and effective. Perhaps you should try these if you are constipated. Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) natural fiber like prunes or oatmeal or fiber capsules may all keep you regular. Anything smaller than the size of your stool may be used to deliver an enema safely. Water may be used, HOWEVER there is probably NOT other entirely safe ingredient (soap/coffee/molasses). ...Read more

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I am experiencing severe constipation I have tried laxatives, enemas, and diet change and nothing has brought lasting results

I am experiencing severe constipation I have tried laxatives, enemas, and diet change and nothing has brought lasting results

Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids. See your doctor if no improvement with abo. ...Read more

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I'm 35 suffering from severe constipation. I can only go by taking stimulant lax or having an enema or both. Please help. It controls me?

I'm 35 suffering from severe constipation. I can only go by taking stimulant lax or having an enema or both. Please help. It controls me?

Get seen by md: Can be due to many causes: dietary, meds, lack of activity, metabolic, e.g. Underactive thyroid, excess blood calcium; may be due to incoordination of pelvic muscles, dropped rectum (rectocele), neurological problems, other

see a GI doc, get evaluated. ...Read more

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My parents insisted on giving me enema for my constipation for 4 days, I don't know what enema? Does it hurt and should I take it, please help!

My parents insisted on giving me enema for my constipation for 4 days, I don't know what enema? Does it hurt and should I take it, please help!

Try oral laxatives: Have you tried laxatives already? Miralax (polyethylene glycol) otc should work well. Enema is unpleasant and is used as last resort. You should also talk to your local doctor on how to regulate your bowel if you are chronically constipated. Taking food rich in fibers or fibers supplement would help. ...Read more

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I am experiencing constipation. I have already did saline enema and side still has pain on right side I get pains all the time doc says it's constipa?

I am experiencing constipation. I have already did saline enema and side still has pain on right side I get pains all the time doc says it's constipa?

Constipation: Please try the following measures:
Add some processed or synthetic fiber-such as Citrucel, Metamucil, or Perdiem-to your diet each day.
Try a stool softener, such as Colace, if your stools are very hard.
Try Swisskris. Follow the directions on the label.
Exercise and increase fluid intake. ...Read more

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I have severe constipation. I have to use enema (only water) for movement of bowels. Pl advise?

Depends on cause: It depends on what other meds you have tried - a variety of new meds exist such as polyethylene glycol and even newer ones in the last year or so that require a prescription you should see your doctor again. ...Read more

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Constipation so bad I have bowel obstructions constantly and I've had an soap sud enema. Could there be a tumor in my bowel way?

Fred 61: You should absolutely be evaluated by your physician or a gastroenterologist with either colonoscopy or at the least flexible sigmoidoscopy if you haven't had either in the last 2-3 years. Obstructive symptoms like constipation can definitely be a warning sign that needs evaluation. Thankfully, most of the time, a tumor is not the cause but it must be ruled out ...Read more

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