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Should people buy and use enemas while traveling in other countries?

Should people buy and use enemas while traveling in other countries?

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

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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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If constipated on a trip, should I buy an enema or suppository or just wait?

If constipated on a trip, should I buy an enema or suppository or just wait?

Try different things: You can try a lot of things. You can simpyl drinking more fluids and taking in more fiber. You can try oral medications like stool softeners or miralax (polyethylene glycol). Enemas should be reserved when other measures fail. If you need an enema, you should really talk to your doctor to figure out why it got so bad. ...Read more

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I have to have a colonoscopy and my doctor said to do a salt enema, what is it exactly and do I buy it from the pharmacist?

I have to have a colonoscopy and my doctor said to do a salt enema, what is it exactly and do I buy it from the pharmacist?

Ask your doctor: Any gastroenterologist who is going to do colonoscopy will provide your instructions for colon clean up which includes laxatives and enemas. So ask him/her or his office staff. They will either give you a bag of medicines or write you a prescription indicating the names of the laxatives/enema salt, included. ...Read more

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Is miralax (polyethylene glycol) safe to use everyday? Why doe it require a prescription to buy at boots? and will it give instant relief like an enema?

YEs and OTC: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a laxative with high fiber content. Can be used daily if one has constipation problem without other GI pathology. Drink plenty of water with it. Can cause Diarrhea if used excessively. It is available OTC,does not require Rx. No it does not give instant relief like enema. ...Read more

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What’s an enema?

What’s an enema?

Rectal: Liquid (usually medication) introduced into the rectum. Most commonly used for constipation. ...Read more

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What are enemas?

What are enemas?

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

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What is an enema?

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

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Does an enema hurt?

Does an enema hurt?

It can cause: A sense of urgency and discomfort. But, overall it is pretty tolerable. ...Read more

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Can you recommend enema type?

Can you recommend enema type?

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