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.

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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...

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...