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Enema FAQ



What is the difference between Sodium Phosphate, Bisacodyl and Mineral Oil enemas?
What are Enemeez? What is the difference between Enemeez and Enemeez Plus?
What is a magic bullet suppository?
Do you have any tips for safely using enemas?

What is the difference between Sodium Phosphate, Bisacodyl and Mineral Oil enemas?



All three are effective treatments for constipation and similar bowel problems. Nevertheless, each enema is used for slightly different purposes. Sodium Phosphate Enemas are generally used for obstructions in the lower bowel while Bisacodyl Enemas are from the rectum or stoma. In addition, mineral oil can block the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A,D,E,K). Therefore, it is not recommended for the elderly or those at risk of vitamin deficiency.

Ultimately, you'll want to talk with your doctor or the treating physician about the right enema choice.

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What are Enemeez? What is the difference between Enemeez and Enemeez Plus?



Enemeez are enemas that replaced the popular Theravac enemas. They are generally used in cases of or infrequent or difficult bowel movements. Enemeez are popular enemas because they effectively remove bowel obstructions with only 5CC's of solution. Enemeez are also popular because of smooth applicator tip that prevents irritation and is easy for caregivers to use. Best of all, they are affordable.

The difference between Enemeez and Enemeez Plus is that Enemeez Plus contains an anesthetic that numbs the anus and lower bowel. This anesthetic is helpful in instances of painful bowel movements. Your doctor or treating physician will know which type of Enemeez is best.

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What is a magic bullet suppository?



"Magic Bullet" suppositories are fast acting Bisacodyl suppositories. They work differently from Dulcolax and and other Bisacodyl suppositories that contain hydrogenated vegetable oil. The oil delays the absorption of the Bisacodyl in the bowels, which means it takes longer for a bowel movement to occur. Since Magic Bullet suppositories don't have an oil bas the Bisacodyl is absorbed faster, and therefore the bowel movement occurs faster as well. The time to bowel movements can vary, but generally take between five minutes and two hours. Talk with your doctor or treating physician to find out if Magic Bullet suppositories are appropriate.

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Do you have any tips for safely using enemas?



The most important advice is to follow the directions of your doctor or treating physician. Do not use homemade enemas, they can be dangerous. Enemas are generally applied while laying on your side or kneeling. One position is not more effective than the other, it just depends on what is more comfortable for you. When using the suppository squeeze from the bottom of the applicator so that most of the solution is released. After you have finished applying the enema, wait for a few minutes before defecating, otherwise you'll discharge just the enema solution.

Discontinue using an enema if you experience any vomiting or dizziness and contact your doctor immediately.

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Sources

CE Drugs Store News - Treatment of Constipation
US Pharmacist - US Pharmacist - Pharmacists' Role in Supportive Care for Cancer Patients
BMJ - ABCs of Palliative Care: Constipation and Diarrhea
Post Grad Med - Post Graduate Medicine Online - How to Deal With Chronic Constipation
Colorado State - Fat-Soluble Vitamins
FHMA - How to Use an Enema

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