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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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Can I use warm water with salt as a natural enema solution?

Can I use warm water with salt as a natural enema solution?

Yes: Since you are looking to pull water from the blood stream to enter in the colon during an enema, this would be an ok solution to use.

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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.

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Tried fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) to release blocked stool. Didn't work, just released the solution. How doni get rid of the blockage? I've tried everything!

Fecal Impaction: If you have tried everything and nothing seems to help you are better off visiting your physician you might need manual disimpaction. Also your doctor could prescribe a medication called lactulose.

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Haven't changed my diet at all, but today I used 3 enemas, although poured out the solution and filled with purified water, and had loose stools and cramps in lower abdomen later. Why the cramps?

Haven't changed my diet at all, but today I used 3 enemas, although poured out the solution and filled with purified water, and had loose stools and cramps in lower abdomen later. Why the cramps?

Stimulating bowel: You are stimulating your bowel with the water. Best not to switch the liquid out, as you will loose the benefit of the enema. 3 at one time may be a lot. All the best.

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Are enemas safe? How often can they be done?

Are enemas safe? How often can they be done?

Enemas are safe: If given properly. If you are using them to relieve constipation, you need to see a doctor and determine the cause before you use them too frequently. It is probably not a good idea to use it more often than a couple times a week over two or three months.

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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 (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 Hope this helps Dr Z

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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 (polyethylene glycol). Stay hydrated!

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Can you tell me, are enemas safe to do when feeling really weak?

Can you tell me, are enemas safe to do when feeling really weak?

Enemas carry risk: ...including rectal perforation. Why do feel you need to use them please, under any circumstance?

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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.

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I give myself enemas at least 4 times a week! I tend to expell them into an adult diaper! Is this safe?

I give myself enemas at least 4 times a week! I tend to expell them into an adult diaper! Is this safe?

Enemas: The only medical risk I can think of with frequent enemas is getting trauma to the lining of the rectum and then getting an infection from the irritated skin. I worry about water overload as well with such frequent introduction of water with the enema. As a physician I am concerned enough that maybe you should respond with the reason you are doing this so often...

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Is it safe to try again if my tube came loose after about a minute into the enema?

Is it safe to try again if my tube came loose after about a minute into the enema?

Happy to help if...: ...we understand what you are trying to accomplish. For example, do you feel constipated, incompletely empty, do you notice fecal leakage, have abdominal bloating, are you using the enema to prepare for something?

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What do you suggest if my tube came loose after about a minute into the enema. Is it safe to try it again?

What do you suggest if my tube came loose after about a minute into the enema. Is it safe to try it again?

You have not told us: ...what you're treating with the enema. However, your tube question seems curious. The reinsertion of an enema tube that fell out of the anus is NOT the same as the "5-second rule" for eating food picked of the floor--e.g. the enema tube is neither clean nor sterile upon initial or subsequent insertions.

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Used enema I made today with only bottled water, no sodium are anything! Is that safer than store bought saline enema?

Why using: Enemas? You should be eating enough fruits and veggies that you should not need enemas. Water enemas are not safe and can alter your electrolytes. Miralax (polyethylene glycol), store brand, is a safe laxative to use that will not harm you if taken for a long time. It works by softening and bulking the stool. Best!

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I hear a lot of people doing coffee enemas, saline enemas, and other types of enemas on a daily basis? Is this safe? What are the benefits

No proven benefit: There are no proven benefits to any kind of coffee, saline, or other substance enemas. Since the colon is able to absorb liquids and other substances, there also can't be some potential risks. There also would be a slight risk of perforating the colon. I would recommend against pursuing any kind of therapy with enemas, unless it is prescribed by your primary care doctor or your gastroenterologist.