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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
33 doctors shared insights

Sodium Bisphosphate (Overview)

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


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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?

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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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Sodium (Definition)

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Fleet Enema (Definition)

Fleet enema is a laxative which is a ...Read more