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Dr. Mark Pack
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Sodium Bisphosphate (Overview)

Sodium bisphosphate is a laxative which is a kind of gastroenterology drug.


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What is in a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) that makes it work so well?

What is in a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) that makes it work so well?

Buffered phosphate: Fleets contains a buffered phosphate solution. This causes a mild stimulation of the rectal reflex. The response is also to to stimulating the stretch fibers in the rectal which causes a relex contraction of the muscular wall. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Sodium Bisphosphate (Overview)

Sodium bisphosphate is a laxative which is a kind of gastroenterology drug.


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Eating a Low-Sodium Diet (Checklist)

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I have Stage 3 CKD & used a Fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) today. How soon would I know if it damaged my kidneys? Is there anything I can do now to lessen the risk?

I have Stage 3 CKD & used a Fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) today. How soon would I know if it damaged my kidneys? Is there anything I can do now to lessen the risk?

It didn't: If you're not under the care of a nephrologist and having to adopt other lifestyle restrictions, that phosphate enema isn't going to hurt you. The people who really had trouble with these were end-stage kidney failure people in nursing homes, though there's been some silly litigation. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) 3 times a week?

Is it safe to use a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) 3 times a week?

Why???: If your problem is severe constipation, other solutions are better, such as bulk agents (fiber), stool softeners, more fluid intake, etc. Otherwise, there is no benefit and you may be avoiding evaluation by your doctor for another problem or issue that needs to be checked. See your doctor rather than use fleets 3x per week! ...Read more

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Why do we use sodium flouride instead of calcium flouride in our toothpastes, mouthwashes etc? It's much less toxic than sodium flouride.

Why do we use sodium flouride instead of calcium flouride in our toothpastes, mouthwashes etc? It's much less toxic than sodium flouride.

Not bio-available: The short answer is that calcium Fluoride is so extremely insoluble as to be considered unusable by your body. Sodium and stannous fluorides are able to be broken down and then the fluorides can enter into and bond with the enamel. Enamel is made of a ring of ions and the Fluoride substitutes in the center to form a more stable ring. This new "ring" is more resistant to decay. ...Read more

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What does it mean to say that someone has a CRITICALLY high level of sodium (sodium 157 mmol/L). does it literally mean life-threatening?

What does it mean to say that someone has a CRITICALLY high level of sodium (sodium 157 mmol/L). does it literally mean life-threatening?

Can be: Complications of severe hypernatremia are primarily related to brain dysfunction. Elevated sodium causes a shift of water ouf of cells which causes cell dehydration and neurologic symptoms. These may lead to seizures coma and permanent brain damage if not treated. Go to your doctor to find out the cause of the elevated serum sodium level and get the levels back to normal under MEDICAL SUPERVISION ...Read more

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What is the side effect of pravastatin sodium?

What is the side effect of pravastatin sodium?

Well tolerated: The majority of people on pravatatin don't even know they're taking it. Occasionally there is generalized muscle aching which improves on a smaller dose. Nausea, headache, rash fatigue, dizziness and stomach pain are listed as side effects but i rarely see them. If you think it's causing a side effect, the protocol is to stop it till the symptom resolves and then restart it to see if it returns. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of sodium hyaluronate injections?

Bruise swell pain: As with most injections, they can cause bruising, swelling, and pain. Ha injections can also cause bumps if wrongly placed, and a "blue" effect if placed too superficially. ...Read more

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How long do the effects of a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) last for?

How long do the effects of a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) last for?

Briefly: Fleets enemas work by causing distension of the rectum, leading to evacuation of the contents of the rectum. If you have had a fecal impaction, you may have loose stools for a day or two. A sensitivity to the chemicals in the fleets may cause a mild inflammation in the rectum that should resolve over a brief time. Any continued symptoms may warrant an evalustion by a doctor. ...Read more

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Does promethazine, and Prozac (fluoxetine) interact? Im on promethazine, prozac, (fluoxetine) pantorazole sodium, and iron pills. Does any or all interact?

No one knows: The only interaction studies involve only two medications. Theoretically, we know a great deal about the manner in which drugs are metalized and they possible interactions between two. More than 2 is a guess. Then there is the individual or idiosyncratic reactions which are unique to that person and not predictable. ...Read more

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Which is better to relieve slight constipation due to eating too many vegetables, a hot water enema or a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate)?

Which is better to relieve slight constipation due to eating too many vegetables, a hot water enema or a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate)?

Before self-treating: Doctors define constipation as stools less frequently than once every 3-4 days. Patients feel they are "constipated" when passing hard or small volume stool, or they feel full ; bloated. Had an x-ray to show you're not blocked? We don't know if your gut is sluggish or your rectum works correctly--these can be tested for (sitz marker study ; anal manometry, respectively). See a GI specialist. ...Read more

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How should fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) feel?

How should fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) feel?

There may be: Some discomfort from holding in a large bolus of fluid in the rectum - as it reflexively causes the urge to defecate. ...Read more

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How long do fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate) work?

Fleet Enema (sodium bisphosphate): In most people, fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate) normally produce results within an hour. ...Read more

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What is using a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) like?

What is using a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) like?

Holding in a large: Bollus of fluid in the rectum can be uncomfortable. However, if you have been consitpated then getting rid of excess stool will likely be a big relief. ...Read more

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How to give yourself a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate)?

Follow instructions: Follow the instructions. Also lots of info online. I searched google and found many references here is one. http://www.livestrong.com/article/201923-how-to-use-fleet-enemas-prior-to-a-prostate-biopsy/. ...Read more

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Can I use 2 fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate) within 24 hours?

Can I use 2 fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate) within 24 hours?

Fleet enema: It will not hurt to do that this time, but it is not a good idea to become dependent on needing enemas regularly. Basic bowel care such as getting lots of fiber and lots of fluids is the initial step. If you have chronic problems with constipation, see your doctor or consider a consult here. Good luck. ...Read more

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How quickly does fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) take to work?

Fairly quickly: Given its local stimulant effects, enemas tend to work faster than oral laxatives - usually within 15-20 minutes. ...Read more

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How long do the effects of a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) last?

How long do the effects of a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) last?

Not long: The effects of the Fleet's enema would be measured in hours. Certainly It will wear off by the next day. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long do the effects of a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) last for?

Briefly: Fleets enemas work by causing distension of the rectum, leading to evacuation of the contents of the rectum. If you have had a fecal impaction, you may have loose stools for a day or two. A sensitivity to the chemicals in the fleets may cause a mild inflammation in the rectum that should resolve over a brief time. Any continued symptoms may warrant an evalustion by a doctor. ...Read more

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What happens if all the fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) came out clear?

What happens if all the fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) came out clear?

Impaction?: It's possible that you have an impaction so hard and stuck up there that even the Fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) did not touch it and therefore the only thing that came back out was the enema itself. Otherwise, I would really expect your stool to be some shade of brown. I am wondering what the consistency of it was? Liquid? You may need to see your doctor for a specialist referral and other advanced options. ...Read more

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