Fleet enemas are generally used to relieve constipation and are meant to be used only for the short term. In most cases, fleet enema is approved for use by a health care professional or a nurse who is fairly knowledgeable about your bowel habits and symptoms. One of the chief reasons why fleet enemas are ordered is to relieve constipation. Other scenarios where a fleet enema may be used is prior to a lower bowel exam, such a sigmoidoscopy, a rectal exam or prior to a barium enema. Some individuals who undergo surgery around the rectal area are often given fleet enema. Fleet enemas are widely available without a prescription over the counter and should never be used for prolonged time.
Once the fleet enema has been applied, the results usually occur in 2-5 minutes. If there is any blood, blistering or pain during or after a fleet enema, your health care physician should be informed.
Fleet enemas should not be used if you have an acute abdominal condition like ulcerative colitis, appendicitis, peptic ulcer disease, nausea, vomiting, fever or lower abdominal pain. Prior to using any fleets enema, it is best to get checked out by a health care professional.
Overuse of fleet enemas can lead to dependence and tolerance to the product.
While fleet enemas are generally safe, the rare side effects include rectal bleeding, blistering, burning or itching.
There are many types of fleet enema and include mineral oil, phosphate or normal saline. For children one should only use mineral oil and normal saline enemas. Fleets phosphate enemas can be purchased from any pharmacy and are indicated for adults only.
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