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Doctor insights on: Saline Or Mineral Oil Enema

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Saline or mineral oil enema before anal sex?

Saline or mineral oil enema before anal sex?

Either is good: Either emema is good to have a clean anal canal and rectum, be sure to wash up with soap and warm water after the enema. ...Read more

Saline (Definition)

Saline water is a general term for water that contains a significant concentration of dissolved salts (nacl). In medicine we use saline solution for IV hydration. Normal saline (ns) is the commonly-used phrase for a solution of 0.90% w/v of nacl, about 300 mosm/l or ...Read more


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What is the difference between using a saline vs mineral oil enema?

What is the difference between using a saline vs mineral oil enema?

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

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Which is more effective: mineral oil enema or a saline enema?

Which is more effective: mineral oil enema or a saline enema?

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

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I was wondering are mineral oil enema as effective at saline enemas?

Yes: Mineral oil enema is more helpful if you are constipated for few days, it eases up passing the hard stools. ...Read more

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I have started doing mineral oil enema every Wednesday. Can I rinse with a saline enema after.

Don't see a question: Understand your statement. Please consider resubmitting & including a clear and specific question. Thx. ...Read more

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If im constipated from my Norco 10 pain meds. Would a mineral oil enema or a saline enema be more effective?

Trial: Start with Fleets enema and if that does not work you may go to mineral oil enema. It may help to take a fiber laxative like Metamucil and drink enough water so that your urine is mostly colorless. ...Read more

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If I was to administer a mineral oil enema, how much should I use?

I would: Use the fleet brand of enema or the drug store version which is generally 6-8 ounces. Be sure to be lying down on your left side with feet elevated above hips and try to hold enema for 30 minutes or as long as you can. You can repeat if no results in 6 hours. IF that doesn't work you need an exam to be sure your problem is constipation and not something else ...Read more

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Is a mineral oil enema safe for kidney patients?

Is a mineral oil enema safe for kidney patients?

With minimal use: Mineral oil could interfere with vitamin d absorbtion. Chronic renal failure patients have decreased vitamin d levels, the use of this medication could cause even lower levels of vitamin d with resulting bone disease and low calcium levels. ...Read more

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How is a mineral oil enema different from a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate)?

Simple!: Enemas are used to help cleanse the rectum and left colon. Mineral oil enemas are simply that - mineral oil in water. It functions to lubricate and stimulate the rectum to help evacuate stool. Fleet's enemas are made from sodium phosphates, and the salt load stimulates the bowel to secrete fluid causing a diarrhea effect. Fleets are a few ounces as opposed to mineral oil which is 2 quarts. ...Read more

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Constipation/fecal impaction question. Can I try mineral oil enema?

Constipation/fecal impaction question. Can I try mineral oil enema?

Constipation: If you tried lactulose and MiraLAX and still constipated see your doctor for amitiza (lubiprostone). ...Read more

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I had hemorrhoidectomy last week. Can anything help me heal faster, like mineral oil enema, Prep H suppository (phenylephrine) or a certain ointment?

Sitz baths: Usually, warm water with Epsom salts or something similar are used to help healing after hemorrhoidectomy. This is placed in a small basin, and tou soak your anus in it. Best to call your surgeon for their specific recommendations. Hope this helps, and that you get well soon! ...Read more

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I took a mineral oil enema 30 mins ago and had no bowel movement...it says call your dr if this happens but I don't have a regular dr?

I took a mineral oil enema 30 mins ago and had no bowel movement...it says call your dr if this happens but I don't have a regular dr?

Constipation: If you have been constipated for a while you may also want to take MiraLax to soften the stool from the top. Also it helps to go and sit on the toilet after a meal for 20 min (that is the time you are most likely to have a BM). If you also have abdominal pain then you need further evaluation, please call one the HealthTap physicians ...Read more

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I took imodium ad and I am very constipated. I have taken milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and tried a suppository. No luck. Is a mineral oil enema safe to try?

? diet: Imodium (loperamide) was presumably for diarrhea. It works by blocking the normal messages that proceed from the lower brain computer to the bowel. One message orders the bowel to stop peristalsis (wave like bowel action) while the other message causes it to accelerate causing irritable bowel syndrome. Lousy diet is by far the commonest cause, particularly sugar ajnd sweeteners. ...Read more

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Tried liquid suppository, MOM, mineral oil enema, still no BM from constipation due to meds and bruised ribs! What can I do now for immediate relief??

Tried liquid suppository, MOM, mineral oil enema, still no BM from constipation due to meds and bruised ribs! What can I do now for immediate relief??

Magnesium citrate: You have correctly tried transrectal route for relief of your constipation. It is also helpful to treat from above with oral laxatives. One bottle of overt the counter magnesium citrate should work. If not you may need to seek medical care/advice. ...Read more

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Can I take a expired mineral oil or saline enema. I just had a dnc and my constipation is horrible. It's hard to read date but I thinkbit says 2002?

No: The chemicals in the drug will start to disintegrate after the expiration date. Some may still retain some activity but who is to say how much or not. Remain safe stay away from expired drugs ...Read more

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My boyfriend has done 3 enemas (the mineral oil and saline kind) and milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and dulcolax. He still can't poop and feels sick. What can he do?

My boyfriend has done 3 enemas (the mineral oil and saline kind) and milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and dulcolax. He still can't poop and feels sick. What can he do?

See provider: Please consider having him see his health provider to assess for the level and amount of retained stool and to look for other possible reasons for his symptoms. ...Read more

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No BM in 6 days. Took miralax x 2 days, dulcolax x 3 doses and had some result with saline enema and mineral oil Supp. Stomach distended, still passing gas, but no urge to go. No nausea or pain. Few bowel sounds with stethoscope?

No BM in 6 days. Took miralax x 2 days, dulcolax x 3 doses and had some result with saline enema and mineral oil Supp. Stomach distended, still passing gas, but no urge to go. No nausea or pain. Few bowel sounds with stethoscope?

Impacted: I think you've done all you can to relieve what may be a fecal impaction. The abdominal distension suggests partial intestinal obstruction as you are able to pass gas. I would expect some abdominal cramping. A rectal examination is needed and if you are impacted, manual disimpaction is required and is performed by the physician or a nurse under the physicians direction. Either way, get checked. ...Read more

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25 yr old female. Constipation no bowel movement 4 days. Used a mineral oil enema, no movement except for very small hard and bloody mucus clear?

25 yr old female. Constipation no bowel movement 4 days. Used a mineral oil enema, no movement except for very small hard and bloody mucus clear?

Try something from: Above above and below to "stimulate". 1) You can try oral dulcolax 5-10mg and rectal dulcolax suppository 2) or oral miralax (polyethylene glycol) 17 gm daily with one time fleets Enema. Hold it in rectum for 5-10 minutes. Long term I would recommend daily miralax (polyethylene glycol) and see your primary care doctor to consider if you need referral to Gi ...Read more

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Are there risks in taking fleet mineral oil enemas? I took one few hrs ago but tried going only a few mins later. Only liquid came out. Can I again?

No risk: While a second oil retention enema shouldn't be harmful, You could take a regular fleets enema or insert a dulcolax rectal suppository next. If this is unsuccessful and you still have a strong urge to have a BM, a gentle soap suds enema or manual disimpaction May be needed. Consult your physician if you are in distress with severe abdominal cramps. ...Read more

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Do you have to wait a certain amount of time to do a saline enema after a mineral oil one? Is this safe being pregnant?

Do you have to wait a certain amount of time to do a saline enema after a mineral oil one? Is this safe being pregnant?

Constipation: You do not have to wait a certain amount of time and enemas are safe while pregnant. The more important question though is why you are suffering from such severe constipation where this is necessary. I would schedule an evaluation with your obgyn for an exam. Increasing water intake and fiber supplementation should help ...Read more

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Does mineral oil cause spots?

Does mineral oil cause spots?

Mineral oil: Does not cause acne. This has been studied in the past with results published in the Journal of Dermatology. ...Read more

Minerals (Definition)

Your body uses minerals to stay healthy and perform vital functions like bone development. Eating a healthy diet full of variety is the best way to the ...Read more


Enema (Definition)

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