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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...

Should a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) burn when I use it?

No. Enemas should not be painful. It is possible it was inserted in such a way that it caused a mucosal tear or fissure. Do not try using another enema until you have been evaluated by your doctor. Read more...

Does it hurt to take a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) for constipation?

No. Usually the small volume of a fleet's enema is not a problem. If this is a persistent need to use the enema for a bowel movement, then something other than simple constipation may be a problem and should be evaluated. Read more...

Is it okay to use warm water instead of a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate)?

Yes. It really depends why you are doing an enema. If you have been advised to do a fleets enema in preparation for a procedure, it would be best to follow that recommendation. If you are taking a daily or periodic enema to aid bowel function, then tap water may be adequate. In theory, warm water relaxes the bowel, so a warm water enema may be less effective than a room or tap temperature enema. Read more...
Enema. Tap water enemas are fine. However, if you are having problems with constipation at age 53, you should see your physician for further workup. Read more...

Is it okay for me to take colace the day after I take a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate)?

Yes. Colace (docusate sodium) is a softener and usually does not stimulate the GI tract. Enemas work by causing rectal distension which causes the rectum to evacuate the local contents. However, prolonged and frequent use of enemas can be irritating to the lining of the rectum. Read more...

I have been really constipated for almost a week so I did fleet Enema (sodium bisphosphate). It worked great but I feel I may have squeezed it in too forcefully.??

Constipation causes. Most cases of constipation are secondary to the diet. I noticed that you also listed that you also had low thyroid output. Best measure of that is TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). Don't eat constipating foods for a while( rice, barley, oatmeal) milk, bananas. It should do it. Read more...

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...