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Saline Laxative Enema
I use a saline laxative enema in my vagina instead of my but. I no how to confuse the two and how could I not read before used. What will happen?
Not much: If clean and not forced, the fluid should drain out and do no harm. ...Read more
A douche instead: It will simply flush the contents of your vagina out if it just contains a hypertonic saline solution although it might cause very mild irritation. Overall, it should be very innocuous. ...Read more
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
Constipation how many times should I used fleet saline enema should I only used it one time today?
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! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Evaluation needed...: Before you contemplate long term laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology or extrinsic impingement, or intermittent ileus (e.g. Pseudo-obstruction). ...Read more
Diarrhea: Commonly both are not needed but if necessary canne used together. ...Read more
Depends on cause: Laxative dependency develops for lots of reasons: 1) desire for rapid weight loss/ eating disorders; 2) reduction of GI symptoms of bloating/fullness; 3) in the setting of colon & rectal dysfunction (e.g. Colonic inertia, rectal dyssynergia, spinal cord injuries); 4) a misguided sense that "cleansing" in good for you; 5) more... First, fix/ address the underlying problem. 2nd, stop otc laxatives. ...Read more
Enemas oil based/sal: Saline enemas loosen stool and stimulate bowel movement.If used frequently these can cause hypocalcemia and hyperphosptemia. It is effective in severly constipated with/ without stool retention.Mineral oil enemas are used in patients who are impacted with stools so hard and large causing obstruction, and is used as retention enema, if patient is able to retain overnite follwed by manual disimpaction. ...Read more
Small difference: If the enema for cleansing the anal canal and the lower rectum both work well. If the purpose is to cure constipation, they work differently, the mineral oil helps the hard stool pass thruough the asus by librication, the saline enema tries to break the stool and liquidate it. ...Read more
Quick: Usually less than 30 minutes.Get a more detailed answer ›
Types of abusers: Two patient groups (both will deny laxative ingestion): bulemia nervosa (typically women 18-40), & surreptitious laxative abusers (usually women 40-60). "irritant" purgatives cause: melanosis coli (reversible pigmenting of colon lining), cathartic colon ("floppy" colon with limited muscle tone), & soap or chemical colitis (acute inflammation within hours of "cleansing" enema). Suspects need eval. ...Read more
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I am having a barium enema done and they told me to use a water enema. I have saline. Is this ok to use?
Saline is good...: Not too many people stock saline at home, but if you have it at home, it is ok to use with your enema. Saline is basically water +salt+chloride in concentration slightly higher than your plasma (blood fluid without the red/white cells). It is probably a safer enema to use then water, but the difference is likely not significant. Good luck with your procedure. ...Read more
Are periodic saline enemas good for your colon since it's cleansing? Can they (enemas) damage your body or are they largely benign/safe to use?
Saline enemas: I know of no evidence that saline enemas are either cleansing or healthy. I recommend you go to UpToDate and look it up. ...Read more
Last bm was 2/4. Dr prescribed laxative and it did not work. Just used an enema and bm was enema fluid & blood tinged white mucus. What else can I do?
Daily fiber...: Make sure you have adequate fiber and fluid intake. Metamucil or similar 1-2 times daily with a full glass of water is a good start along with regular exercise. If this does not help then MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) 1 capful in a glass of water 1-2 times daily would be next. If this does not work you should see your doctor. If you have blood in your stool, vomiting or weight loss you should see your doctor. ...Read more
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
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?
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
Haven't had stool pass in over a week. Tried laxatives enema prunes. How long ok to wait before worrying?
Check it out: 2-5 stools per day normal. You are way behind. May want to see your doc. ...Read more
Constipated for a long time now and depended on enema, laxative, etc. Now pregnant with 2nd baby and seriously constipated. Help!
Common problem: Constipation is a common problem in pregnancy. It is safe to use a fiber supplement, probiotics, a stool softener like colace, or a gentle laxative like miralax (polyethylene glycol). My concern is that the constipation was happening in between pregnancies (when things should have been getting back to normal). I'd like to know if your doctor has checked your thyroid function levels. Hypo-thyroid can cause constipation. ...Read more
I can't pass this stool. I'm bleeding possibly due to irritating a fissure. Its difficult to stand or sit. Will a saline enema help?
ER: You most likely need to go to an ER where they are set up to handle these messy situations. Sounds like you have a complicated situation and may need some assistance. ...Read more
White opaque clear slime/mucus came out whn I farted while peeing. Had a saline enema the night before. Slime had slight fishy smell.
Mucus: This mucus secretion was most likely the result of mild irritation/inflammation brought on by the enema that you administered. It's a benign reaction and should subside without any treatment. If constipation is a persistent and definite change in your usual bowel pattern, consult your physician for evaluation. ...Read more