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Fluid into colon:
A method of introducing fluid into the rectum via anus; can be water, salt solutions, oil for retention; do not use soap suds. Typical use is to treat constipation; can cause distension, discomfort, and stimulates bowel evacuation.
Rare use to instill meds.
"alternative" med use to "detoxify": unproven for this purpose; fda issued warning letters about it. ...Read more
Hard to pass:
An enema is typically used for people who are constipated. The individual inserts a tube into the rectum to infuse fluid into the bowel and encourage a bowel movement. Ordinary enemas contain tap water, mixtures of soap and water, glycerine and water, or other materials.
Prior to using an enema, it is advisable to consukt with a physician to determine if this is the proper treatment. ...Read more
Go see ur Family Doc: Before jumping to enemas, look for other lifestyle options to manage/resolve constipation: increase fiber, fluids & physical activity. Failing that, consider stool softeners. If that doesn't work (or if taking opioids regularly), then consider laxatives. Regarding types of enemas, check out http://www. Atitesting. Com/ati_next_gen/skillsmodules/content/enemas/accepted-practice/types_of_enemas. Html ...Read more
Need a little help: Normal bowel frequency varies from 1 every 3-4 days to 3-4 movements per day. Many "normal" people alternate their stool pattern within this range. Given the nonspecific nature of your question, it would be helpful to hear why you are considering an enema (& with what contents). Be aware enemas are NOT recommended for casual "cleansing", weight loss, or recreational use. ...Read more
ENEMA: In the old days, enema is frequently used to relieved constipation. In our modern days it is use only when diet and medications have failed to relieved constipation. We call it fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate). However, they still use it a lot in hospitals to prepare patient for certain procedures. In xray, they use barium enema. ...Read more
Need a little help: Normal bowel frequency varies from 1 every 3-4 days to 3-4 movements per day. Many "normal" people alternate their stool pattern within this range. Given the nonspecific nature of your question, it would be helpful to hear why you are considering an enema (& with what contents). Be aware enemas are NOT recommended for casual "cleansing", weight loss, or recreational use AND sometimes cause harm. ...Read more
Yes: Not sure why a person needs multiple enemas a day. Are you on a detox regimen that calls for frequent elimination? You can potentially harm your natural ability to eliminate waste by frequently using enemas. Also, certain enemas cannot be used more than once daily. ...Read more
Danger Danger Danger: Nope. First injecting significant levels of caffeine by enema? Not in any way a smart or health decision. Second, this new fad which is a fraudulent promise of weight loss is a lie. There will be no real or sustained weight loss because of green coffee beans or extract. ...Read more
Meal modification: Once in a while. Better yet modify the childs diet by cutting down on milk products and increase fiber in the form of fruit and vegetables, high fiber cereals, and whole wheat bread instead of white bread. You may also use MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) as needed also instead of enemas. ...Read more
Need a little help: Normal bowel frequency varies from 1 every 3-4 days to 3-4 movements per day. Many "normal" people alternate their stool pattern within this range. Your prior baseline stool pattern defines how alarming (or not) your current pain may be. Ileus, blockage, ischemia is considered if fever, tenderness, distension, bleeding, vomiting. Where is your pain & how severe is it? Get checked please. ...Read more
There are over the counter enemas sold at your local pharmacy. A commonly used enema is called a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate). I would not use it more than once a week. If constipation is your problem then slowly increase the fiber in your diet and try a stool softener like colace every night. Also drink plenty of water.
If you have not seen your doctor for this issue please schedule an appointment.
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Enema: I am not familiar with a "to n fro enema", and I am wondering who recommended it. If a doctor recommended it, then they or their staff should explain what to do. If it it something you are trying on your own, I would encourage you to not do it. If you are doing it for a specific reason, then please submit a question with what you are experiencing and we would be happy to help you. ...Read more
Expiration date: In general, it is recommended that medications not be used after expiration date. With that said, there is a big difference between being expired for 5 days versus 5 years. Your pharmacist should be able to provide more information. ...Read more
Enema: On your back or side are equally good ...Read more
Never routinely: Not needed routinely ever.Get a more detailed answer ›
Don't do it: Ths is a superstition from which some folks make money. Your body cleans itself. You can help by eating wisely and getting back into a fitness-focused lifestyle. ...Read more
This "enjoyment": Does not sound very normal. Consult your primary physician and he will direct you further. ...Read more
Fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate): Adult fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate).Get a more detailed answer ›
Legend: Total kack of evidence. They have great marketing however. ...Read more
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
Small volume enemas (example Fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate)) 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 (sodium bisphosphate) is required look for other reasons for your constipation.Since some of these reasons can be serious see you Primary Care Provider
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You have posed a great question which I commonly get asked in my practice. Enema's are typically not necessary to cleanse your colon. In fact, some over the counter colon cleanses may lead to a condition called Melanosis Coli which is seen during a Colonoscopy. Eating a nutritious high fiber diet will help with proper bowel function. Consult with your doctor about your specific condition. ...Read more