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


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I am 12 weeks pregnant with twins and had severe constipation. Is it safe to use a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) and how often?

I am 12 weeks pregnant with twins and had severe constipation. Is it safe to use a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) and how often?

Constipation: Fleet enemas can be used safely in pregnancy but should not be your first choice for constipation. Constipation in pregnancy should be treated with the following, in this order:
1. Fiber supplement and increased hydration
2. Oral stool softener (like docusate)
3. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or milk of magnesia, or other oral pro-motility agent
4. Rectal suppository (like bisacoidyl)
5. Enema (like fleets). ...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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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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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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I have severe constipation. I have to use enema (only water) for movement of bowels. Pl advise?

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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How can I safely use a fleet enema for constipation if I have chronically low potassium?

See below.: Good question. Fleets enema: commonly used ~4 oz saline laxative; sodium phosphate-based; can cause adverse reactions in certain individuals (age >55) with certain pre-existing conditions (e.g. dehydration, impaired kidney function, congestive heart failure, abnormal electrolytes) if used too often (>3 days or >1 dose/24 hrs). I recommend you ask your MD about proper dosing and alternatives. ...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 use oxymorphone ER for pain. I have constipation tried oc's & linzess, amitiza, relistor (methylnaltrexone). I use enema evry 3 days. Is this safe 4 long term usage?

I use oxymorphone ER for pain. I have constipation tried oc's & linzess, amitiza, relistor (methylnaltrexone). I use enema evry 3 days. Is this safe 4 long term usage?

Constipation: You don't say why you're using the narcotic or how much time or how much. Constipation is a serious problem over a long time. Using laxatives or any thing of the sort can can lead to dependence on those medications. You end up in later years being very miserable. Of course if you're legitimately taking opiates constipation is a side effect. Minimize the problem. ...Read more

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I just started accutane. I have really bad constipation I think its unrelated to accutane. Is it okay to use a laxative or fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) with this drug?

Yes: You can use a laxative once in a while but concentrate on eating healthy with enough fiber and more fruits and vegetables to avoid medications. If chronically constipated you may need doctors advice of how to tackle it with a stool softener which would be safer. ...Read more

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Is magnesium citrate safe to use? GI told me to drink 1 bottle & use enema to clean me out & start Linzess tomorrow 4 chronic constipation. Side effec

Is magnesium citrate safe to use? GI told me to drink 1 bottle & use enema to clean me out & start Linzess tomorrow 4 chronic constipation. Side effec

Common protocol: This is a commonly used protocol for cleaning out the bowel. The fact that it is available in many areas over the counter gives you an idea of how safe it is. The most common effect is you go to the bathroom a lot and it often makes you very loose. ...Read more

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I'm 38, 3 mos pregnant. Constipation/strain/use enemas. Metallic smell to bm with slight blood. Today 3 mucus passed from anus- tinged w blood.?

I'm 38, 3 mos pregnant. Constipation/strain/use enemas. Metallic smell to bm with slight blood. Today 3 mucus passed from anus- tinged w blood.?

Rectal bleeding: If this is definitely rectal bleeding, it may relate to some kind of proctitis, or colitis with inflammation that can produce mucus secretions and bleeding. Any unusual symptoms during pregnancy should be checked out with your OB to detect treatable conditions that may affect the pregnancy. ...Read more

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Terrible constipation for quite some time. Can't go unless use mag citrate or enemas. Now have small black stool with mucus. Colonoscopy on wed?

Right idea; see GI: You could have Constipation predominant IBS or an inflammatory problem of the bowel causing possible blood and/or mucus to appear. Let a Gastroenterologist (GI) interview you and assess your risk factors. It sound like a Colonoscopy is a good idea, but that test should be done once it is clear what diagnoses you are trying to rule out (especially at your young age). Good luck. ...Read more

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I completely emptied myself out last tuesday, but now I'm constipated again and I'm afraid to use an enema or to go by myself.

Constipation.: Sounds like you may need something to help keep you regular. Regular adequate fluid intake is key in your age group for preventing constipation. Secondarily, daily stool softeners may help. Consider dioctyl sodium succinate or a similar med from your pharmacy - talk to the pharmacist or to your doc. ...Read more

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2nd time I've been constipated in a row. The 1st time I had to use an enema. Now its been 4 days. I've been eating fruits veggies prunes. Still nothIng.

2nd time I've been constipated in a row. The 1st time I had to use an enema. Now its been 4 days. I've been eating fruits veggies prunes. Still nothIng.

Before self-treating: Doctors define constipation as stools less frequently than once every 3-4 days. Patients feel they are "constipated" when passing hard or small volume stool, or they feel full & bloated. Had an x-ray to show you're not blocked? We don't know if your gut is sluggish or your rectum works correctly--these can be tested for (sitz marker study ; anal manometry, respectively). See a GI specialist. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use baby oil in a enema for a constipated kid?

Is it safe to use baby oil in a enema for a constipated kid?

No: Avoid enemas in children. As pediatrician about dietary changes and laxatives if needed. ...Read more

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6yr use of homade soap water enema/fleet products EVERDAY cant go #2 without using. Some reason I cant go now even after use not constipated soft BM?

6yr use of homade soap water enema/fleet products EVERDAY cant go #2 without using. Some reason I cant go now even after use not constipated soft BM?

Chronic constipation: Chronic constipation is very common. It is not necessary to have a bowel movement every day. Using enemas on a daily basis will not help the problem, and can be harmful. You should see a gastroenterologist to evaluate why you are constipated and to make a long-term plan to treat it without using enemas. I would increase the amount of fiber in your diet in the meantime. Good luck. ...Read more

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Chronic constipation for years lived on mirilax. Several weeks bloating like in opregnant, prssure enemas don't take the bloating away.

Chronic constipation for years lived on mirilax. Several weeks bloating like in opregnant, prssure enemas don't take the bloating away.

See GI: Constipation for years is certainly a "chronic" condition and should get evaluated by a GI dr.. Possibly even needing a colonoscopy. There are new meds on the market that may help your chronic constipation, but an evaluation is needed first. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am 20 weeks pregnant, I have been having issues with constipation. I used an enema yesterday and went a little, now I'm in pain and can't even fart?

See your Ob...: If you are in pain and unable to pass gas, you need to see your doctor. You may be right that it is just constipation but it could also be something more serious and require intervention that you cannot do for yourself at home. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Constipation side effect from lamictal. Already tried enema and colon prep. Cleared out but back to being full after a week. On stimulants. Advice??

Constipation side effect from lamictal. Already tried enema and colon prep. Cleared out but back to being full after a week. On stimulants. Advice??

Constipation: Diet should contain adequate fluids, good amounts of fiber and or supplement like Metamucil. Taking a daily bowel stimulant like senokotS (follow directions) which also contains a stool softener and drinking a glass of hot (not too hot) water also helps. Hopefully you can avoid taking harsh laxatives regularly. If you have an urge and can't move, insert dulcolax rectal suppository and or fleets enem ...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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