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Fleet Enema (rectal)

Generic Name: sodium biphosphate and sodium phosphate (rectal) (SOE dee up bye FOS fayt and SOE dee um FOS fayt)
Brand Name: Disposable Enema, Fleet Enema

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Apr 3, 2019 – Written by Cerner Multum

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What is rectal Fleet Enema?

Fleet Enema are forms of phosphorus, which is a naturally occurring substance that is important in every cell in the body.

Fleet Enema is a combination medicine used in adults and children to treat constipation and to clean the bowel before colon surgery, x-rays, or endoscopy examinations.

Fleet Enema may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Do not use more than 1 enema in any 24-hour period. If you do not get any results within 30 minutes after using Fleet Enema, call your doctor before using another dose.

Using too much of this medicine can cause rare but life-threatening side effects on your kidneys and heart.

Call your doctor at once if you have little or no urinating, drowsiness, or swelling in your leg, ankles, and feet.

You should not use this medication if you have severe kidney disease, congestive heart failure, a perforated bowel, paralytic ileus, megacolon, active inflammatory bowel disease, a blockage in your digestive tract (stomach or intestines), rectal obstruction, or other intestinal disorders, or if you are dehydrated.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

  • severe kidney disease;

  • congestive heart failure;

  • blockage in your digestive tract (stomach or intestines), rectal obstruction, or other intestinal disorders;

  • paralytic ileus, megacolon, active inflammatory bowel disease;

  • perforated bowel; or

  • if you are dehydrated.

To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • a history of kidney disease;

  • liver problems such as cirrhosis, or ascites (fluid around your liver);

  • heart disease;

  • a colostomy;

  • ongoing stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting;

  • an electrolyte imbalance (such as high or low levels of potassium, sodium, phosphorous, or magnesium in your blood);

  • if you have used any laxative within the past 7 days;

  • if you are on a low-salt diet; or

  • if you are 65 or older.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medicine within the advice of a doctor if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether this medicine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medicine without the advice of a doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not use this medicine in a child younger than 2 years old without the advice of a doctor.

How should I use rectal Fleet Enema?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Do not take the rectal enema by mouth. It is for use only in your rectum.

When using this medication in any child, use only the forms that are specially made for children.

Never use an adult-strength enema in a child younger than 12 years old.

This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

To use the enema, lie down on your left side with your knees bent. Remove the cap from the applicator tip and gently insert the tip into your rectum. Slowly squeeze the bottle to empty the contents into the rectum.

For best results, stay lying down and hold in the enema until you feel the urge to have a bowel movement. This should occur within 1 to 5 minutes. Do not hold in the enema for longer than 10 minutes.

Do not use more than 1 enema in any 24-hour period. If you do not get any results within 30 minutes after using Fleet Enema, call your doctor before using another dose.

Using too much of this medicine can cause rare but life-threatening side effects on your kidneys and heart.

To keep from getting dehydrated, drink plenty of liquids while you are using medication. Follow your doctor’s instructions about the type and amount of liquids you should drink for at least 24 hours after using this medicine.

Call your doctor if you are sick with vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are sweating more than usual. You may need blood tests to check your electrolyte levels.

Do not use for longer than 1 week unless your doctor has told you to.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Throw away any leftover medicine after your treatment ends.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Call your doctor for instructions if you miss a dose or do not finish all doses required before your surgery or examination.

Do not use more than 1 enema in any 24-hour period.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking rectal Fleet Enema?

Avoid taking any other sodium phosphate product.

Rectal Fleet Enema side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using Fleet Enema and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • rectal bleeding or bright red bowel movements;

  • no bowel movement after use;

  • dizziness, vomiting, little or no urinating; or

  • if you feel very thirsty or hot, are unable to urinate, and have heavy sweating or hot and dry skin.

Common side effects may include:

  • rectal pain or discomfort.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect rectal Fleet Enema?

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use Fleet Enema if you are also using any of the following drugs:

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with sodium biphosphate and sodium phosphate, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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Other brands: OsmoPrep, Visicol, Disposable Enema, Fleet Phospho Soda

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The main reason to use a coffee enema is to remove toxins from the body. Believe it or not, coffee enemas are actually a common thing people do. It involves injecting coffee via the anus to cleanse the rectum and large intestines. Don’t miss part 1 discussing The Benefits Of A Coffee Enema. Part 3

If you’re interested in doing a coffee enema, here are more details.

How Often, How Long and When?

  • One or two per day. A third could be taken to help with a healing reaction.
  • Do enemas daily for at least six months or more. Most people benefit from doing them for several years.
  • The best time to take an enema is before a meal or two hours afterwards. Otherwise it may interfere with digestion and cause uncomfortable gas and bloating.
  • Do an enema after a sauna session.

Cautions and Contraindications

  • Doing coffee enemas daily requires a little practice to work out a comfortable routine.
  • When done properly, coffee enemas do not cause habituation, constipation or any rectal problems.
  • One may get a slight rush from the caffeine, though it is not like drinking coffee. Use less coffee if you are sensitive, but do not use decaffeinated coffee.
  • Enemas taken in the evening could interfere with sleep. However, they help sleep if symptoms of toxicity are keeping a person awake. To find out if you have toxicities, I highly recommend getting a Hair Mineral Analysis done. It tests Antimony, Uranium, Arsenic, Beryllium, Mercury, Cadmium, Lead and Aluminum.
  • Those with anal or rectal fissures, or severe hemorrhoids, often have difficulty with coffee enemas. Extra care is needed in inserting the enema tip. Some of these individuals find the coffee enema very difficult to do at all.
  • One may not have normal bowel movements for a while when doing one coffee enema daily. This is generally fine. However, one will need to do a quick plain water enema before the coffee retention enema to clean the colon if one has not had a bowel movement within about 6-19 hours before the coffee enema.

PurEnema equipment is constructed using pure, long-lasting materials like BPA-free silicone and stainless steel. Shop our selection of enema kits and parts so you can be on your way to feeling cleaner and healthier today.

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Some people say they’re addicted to coffee, but a couple in Florida has taken their coffee habit to a whole new level: coffee enemas.

Mike and Trina, who declined to give their last names (for reasons that may be obvious), are so hooked on coffee enemas that they use them to cleanse their colons at least four times daily, though Trina admitted using them up to 10 times in a single day, according to ABC News.

“I love the way it makes me feel,” Trina told ABC News. “It gives me a sense of euphoria.” Both she and Mike work from home — otherwise, their frequent enemas might not be possible.

“I had a lot of stomach problems, digestive problems with my kidney and my liver,” Trina told ABC News. “I started research and it led into coffee enemas, and I really started to feel the benefit. I felt like I was living for the first time in years.” (The couple is part of the TLC show called “My Strange Addiction.”)

No benefits, many risks

Medical research, however, reveals that not only are there no proven benefits to coffee enemas, there are some significant risks to using enemas for “colon cleansing” on a frequent basis.

“No scientifically robust studies in support of this practice” exist, according to an article co-authored by Dr. Ranit Mishori, a physician at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The study was published in the August 2011 issue of The Journal of Family Practice.

Mishori and her colleagues found the most common side effects of colon cleansing are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Depending on the solution used, patients can experience a serious loss of electrolytes — and coffee enemas are linked to potassium depletion.

Medical conditions such as kidney and liver failure, air emboli, rectal perforations, blood infections, colitis (inflammation of the colon) and death from dysentery can also result from colon cleansing.

Coffee enemas got their start as one part of the so-called Gerson treatment, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Named for Dr. Max Gerson, who developed the therapy in the 1940s, the treatment also calls for taking supplements, drinking large amounts of raw fruit juice and getting intravenous injections of calves’ liver extract.

But the Gerson treatment — which is no longer offered in the United States — is linked with serious health problems, including death, the ACS reports. There’s at least one report of hot enemas causing burns, scarring and rectal perforation.

And after frequent or regular enema use — like that of Mike and Trina — the colon and rectum can eventually lose the ability to generate proper bowel movements, making a person utterly dependent on enemas for their bowel movements.

Graduating to alcohol enemas

Enemas are recommended by physicians only as a last resort in cases of severe constipation. But that hasn’t prevented enemas from being misused for a number of ends — including getting very drunk very quickly.

A student at the University of Tennessee was hospitalized last year after a fraternity party that involved alcohol enemas. The student had a blood-alcohol level of 0.40 — five times the legal limit, and well within what doctors called the “death zone” for alcohol poisoning, CNN.com reported.

And in 2004, a Texas man died after his wife administered a sherry enema, causing his blood alcohol level to skyrocket up to 0.47, according to the Houston Chronicle. Because an alcohol enema bypasses the stomach and other digestive organs, the body doesn’t metabolize the alcohol, which can cause very rapid alcohol poisoning.

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Fleet Enema Side Effects

Generic Name: sodium biphosphate / sodium phosphate

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Dec 12, 2018.

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Note: This document contains side effect information about sodium biphosphate / sodium phosphate. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Fleet Enema.

For the Consumer

Applies to sodium biphosphate / sodium phosphate: oral solution, oral tablet

Other dosage forms:

  • rectal enema

Warning

Oral route (Tablet)

Acute phosphate nephropathy has been reported in association with the use of oral sodium phosphate products, some cases resulting in permanent impairment of renal function, including cases requiring long-term dialysis. Risk factors for developing acute phosphate nephropathy include increased age, hypovolemia, renal impairment, bowel obstruction, or active colitis. Use of medications that may impair renal perfusion or function may also increase risk. These include diuretics, ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), and possibly NSAIDs. However, cases have occurred in patients with no identifiable risk factors. It is important to use the dose and dosing regimen as recommended (pm/am split dose)..

Along with its needed effects, sodium biphosphate / sodium phosphate may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking sodium biphosphate / sodium phosphate:

More common

  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • bloating
  • nausea
  • vomiting

Incidence not known

  • Agitation
  • bloody or cloudy urine
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, “pins and needles”, or tingling feelings
  • coma
  • confusion
  • cough
  • decreased urine output
  • depression
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • difficult or painful urination
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
  • headache
  • hostility
  • irritability
  • lethargy
  • muscle twitching
  • noisy breathing
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • rapid weight gain
  • redness of the skin
  • seizures
  • skin rash, hives or welts, or itching
  • stupor
  • swelling of the face, ankles, or hands
  • tightness in the chest
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking sodium biphosphate / sodium phosphate:

Symptoms of overdose

  • Abdominal or stomach cramps
  • blurred vision
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • decreased frequency of urine
  • dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • dry mouth
  • increase in heart rate
  • increased thirst
  • lightheadedness
  • loss of appetite
  • lower back or side pain
  • muscle cramps in the hands, arms, feet, legs, or face
  • muscle pain
  • pounding or rapid pulse
  • rapid breathing
  • restlessness
  • sunken eyes
  • sweating
  • tremor
  • weakness
  • weight gain
  • wrinkled skin

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to sodium biphosphate / sodium phosphate: oral solution, oral tablet, rectal enema

General

The most common adverse events were abdominal bloating, nausea, abdominal pain, and vomiting.

Gastrointestinal

Very common (10% or more): Bloating (39%), nausea (37%), abdominal pain (24%), vomiting (10%)

Renal

Postmarketing reports: Renal impairment, increased blood urea nitrogen (BUN), increased creatinine, acute renal failure, acute phosphate nephropathy, nephrocalcinosis, renal tubular necrosis

Nervous system

Postmarketing reports: Seizures

Cardiovascular

Postmarketing reports: Arrhythmias

Hypersensitivity

Postmarketing reports: Hypersensitivity reactions (including anaphylaxis, rash, pruritus, urticaria, throat tightness, bronchospasm, dyspnea, pharyngeal edema, dysphagia, paresthesia, swelling of the lips and tongue, and facial swelling)

1. “Product Information. OsmoPrep (sodium biphosphate-sodium phosphate).” Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Costa Mesa, CA.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

  • Fleet Enema – What is the difference between constipation and fecal impaction?

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Are Enemas Safe? Types, Benefits, and Concerns

Constipation is a condition in which the natural movement of your stool slows down, making them hard, dry, and difficult to excrete. For many people, this can be a chronic problem that requires an intervention like an enema — or a laxative inserted rectally.

Enemas may also be prescribed to flush out your colon before certain diagnostic tests or surgeries. Your bowel needs to be empty before these procedures to reduce infection risk and prevent stool from getting in the way.

According to some enema advocates, when waste builds up in your colon over time, it leads to ailments like depression, fatigue, headaches, allergies, and irritability, and using enemas can provide relief.

While it’s true that many people with chronic constipation experience depression and other psychological symptoms, evidence is lacking to suggest that waste buildup directly leads to the other aforementioned effects (2, 3).

There are two main types of enemas — cleansing and retention.

Cleansing enemas

Cleansing enemas are water-based and meant to be held in the rectum for a short time to flush your colon. Once injected, they’re retained for a few minutes until your body rids itself of the fluid, along with loose matter and impacted stool in your bowel.

Some of the most common cleansing enemas include (3, 4):

  • Water or saline. The least irritating of all options, water or saline — salt water that mimics your body’s sodium concentration — are used primarily for their ability to expand the colon and mechanically promote defecation.
  • Epsom salt. This is similar to a water or saline enema, but magnesium-rich Epsom salt is said to be more effective at relaxing bowel muscles and relieving constipation.
  • Sodium phosphate. This is a common over-the-counter enema that works by irritating your rectum, causing it to expand and release waste.
  • Lemon juice. Lemon juice mixed with warm, filtered water is said to balance the pH of your body while cleansing your colon.
  • Apple cider vinegar. Advocates say that mixing apple cider vinegar with warm, filtered water can quickly clear the bowel and may have other antiviral healing effects on your digestive system.
  • Soap suds. Adding castile soap, or another mild soap with minimal additives, to water mildly irritates the bowel, which encourages the rapid excretion of stool.

Retention enemas

Retention enemas are designed to be held in your bowel for an extended period — usually a minimum of 15 minutes — before being released. Retention enemas may be water- or oil-based, which softens the stool and makes it easier for your body to expel.

Some of the most common retention enemas include (5, 6, 7):

  • Coffee. Coffee enemas are a mixture of brewed, caffeinated coffee and water thought to promote bile removal from the colon. They were popularized by Max Gerson, a physician who used them to help treat people with cancer.
  • Mineral oil. This type of enema works primarily by lubricating waste inside of your colon, sealing it with water, and promoting its removal.
  • Probiotic. Mixing probiotics with water may cleanse your bowel while helping colonize your good gut bacteria. Lactobacillus reuteri enemas have been shown to reduce inflammation in children with ulcerative colitis.
  • Herbal. Some people use herbs like garlic, catnip tea, or red raspberry leaf mixed with water to make herbal enemas with purported nutritional, infection-fighting, and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Summary Enemas are rectal injections of fluid that are intended to cleanse your bowel or treat chronic constipation. The two main types — cleansing and retention enemas — come in a variety of solutions and can be injected at home.

The kidneys don’t like a sodium phosphate load. Over the counter enemas and oral solutions for constipation can cause serious harm if used too often or in those with kidney impairment. As physicians we’ve known this, now the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert.

What should you know?
If you use more than 1 dose in 24 hours of over the counter sodium phosphate drugs to treat constipation, you may cause serious harm to your kidneys and heart, and even death.

Which products are these?
First, know there are many safe over the counter meds for constipation. The ones you need to pay attention to are oral solutions and enemas containing sodium phosphate. You’ll know these as the brand name Fleet or generic products like CVS brand Phospho-soda solution as an example.

What can happen?

When you give a huge solute (sodium and phosphate for example) load to the kidneys it may result in dehydration and kidney failure: water follows the solute out of the gut and kidneys resulting in impressive water loss. There have been reports of severe dehydration and changes in serum electrolytes levels in folks taking more than the recommended dose of OTC sodium phosphate products, resulting in serious adverse effects on organs, and in some cases death.

Who really should NOT use sodium phosphate containing enemas or oral solutions?

Young children, persons older than 55 years, patients with dehydration, kidney disease, or patients who take medications that may affect kidney function (diuretics, for example, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen).

It’s clear on the front label which products are sodium-phosphate or sodium-bisphosphonate containing so keep your eyes peeled.

Dr O.

  • How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

    Sodium phosphates belong to a class of medications called laxatives. They work by drawing and retaining water into the colon to rapidly produce a bowel movement. This medication is used as a laxative to provide relief for occasional constipation, or to cleanse the bowels in preparation for a number of procedures, such as a colonoscopy. You should experience a bowel movement within 2 to 5 minutes after administering the enema rectally.

    This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

    Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

    Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

    What form(s) does this medication come in?

    Each 100 mL of solution contains monobasic sodium phosphate 16 g and dibasic sodium phosphate 6 g in single dose disposable unit. Nonmedicinal ingredient: sodium methylhydroxybenzoate. It comes in ready-to-use, hand size plastic squeeze bottles of 130 mL, with a 5 cm prelubricated rectal tube and protective cap.

    How should I use this medication?

    The usual dose of sodium phosphates for adults is 120 mL administered rectally (into the rectum) as a single dose. The usual dose for children 2 to 12 years of age is 60 mL administered rectally as a single dose.

    To use the enema, lie on you left side with your knees bent and arms resting comfortably (left-side position). Alternatively, you can kneel and lower your head and chest forward until the left side of your face is resting with your left arm folded comfortably (knee-chest position).

    Remove the protective cap from the prelubricated enema tip before using. Gently insert the tip into the rectum with a slight side-to-side movement, with the tip pointing towards the navel. Do not force the enema tip into the rectum as this can cause injury. Slowly squeeze the bottle until nearly all the liquid in the bottle is gone. Then remove the tip from the rectum. Maintain your position until a strong urge to defecate is felt. Do not retain the enema solution for more than 10 minutes.

    Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

    It is important to use this medication exactly as recommended by your doctor.

    Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.

    Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.

    Who should NOT take this medication?

    Do not take this medication if you:

    • are allergic to sodium phosphates or any ingredients of the medication
    • have appendicitis
    • have heart disease
    • have high blood pressure
    • have ileus (a partial or completely blocked bowel)
    • have intestinal blockage
    • have kidney disease
    • have rectal bleeding
    • have ulcerative colitis

    Do not give this medication to infants under 6 months of age.

    What side effects are possible with this medication?

    Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.

    The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.

    The following side effects have been reported by people taking this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.

    Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.

    • abdominal pain
    • diarrhea
    • nausea
    • vomiting

    Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:

    • no bowel movement within 30 minutes of enema use
    • rectal bleeding
    • symptoms of dehydration (e.g., thirst, dizziness, vomiting, urinating less often than usual)

    Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication.

    Are there any other precautions or warnings for this medication?

    Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.

    Abdominal pain, nausea, fever, and vomiting: If you have abdominal pain, nausea, fever, or vomiting, do not take this medication. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

    Dehydration: If you experience dehydration (symptoms include thirst, dizziness, vomiting, urinating less often than usual), your doctor should carefully determine the amount of the solution to be administered as this medication can cause further dehydration.

    Frequent or prolonged use: Use this medication only when you need it or as recommended by your doctor. Avoid using this medication repeatedly at short intervals, and do not use it for more than 1 week unless directed by your doctor. Frequent and long-term use of this medication can lead to your body depending on this medication for bowel movements.

    Heart disease: If you have heart disease, do not take this medication. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

    Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while using this medication, contact your doctor immediately.

    Breast-feeding: It is not known if sodium phosphates pass into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are using this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.

    Children: Children are more sensitive to the effects of enemas. This medication should not be administered to children less than 2 years of age unless directed by a physician. Do not administer this medication to infants less than 6 months of age.

    Seniors: Seniors are more sensitive to the effects of enemas.

    What other drugs could interact with this medication?

    Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications that you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:

    • stop taking one of the medications,
    • change one of the medications to another,
    • change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
    • leave everything as is.

    An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. In many cases, interactions are intended or are managed by close monitoring. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.

    All material copyright MediResource Inc. 1996 – 2020. Terms and conditions of use. The contents herein are for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Source: www.medbroadcast.com/drug/getdrug/Fleet-Enema

    Fleet Pedia-Lax For Ages 2-11 Years Saline Laxative Enema2.25oz

    #1 Doctor Recommended

    • for ages 2-11 years
    • Enema saline laxative
    • Latex-free
    • Soft Flexible Comfortip®
    • Works in minutes

    Complete enema in a disposable squeeze bottle with soft, pre-lubricated Comfortip®

    • Protective shield prevents contamination
    • Pre-lubricated Comfortip® for ease of insertion
    • One-way safety valve controls flow and prevents reflux
    • Easy squeeze bottle

    Fleet® Enemas are Latex Free. Allergic reactions to materials containing Latex is a growing and serious medical problem.

    Single Daily Dosage:
    Do not use more unless directed by a doctor. See Warnings.

    Children 5 to 11 years of age: One bottle or as directed by a doctor.
    Children 2- 5 years of age: One-Half bottle.

    • One-half bottle preparation: Unscrew cap and remove 2 tablespoons of liquid with a measuring spoon. Replace cap and follow directions on back of carton.

    Children under 2 years: Do Not Use

    Positions for using this enema:

    • Left side position: Place child on left side with knees bent, and arms resting comfortably.
    • Knee-chest position: Have child kneel, then lower head and chest forward until left side of face is resting on surface with left arm folded comfortably.

    How to use this enema:

    • Remove orange protective shield from enema comfort tip before inserting.
    • With steady pressure, gently insert enema tip into rectum with a slight side-to-side movement, with tip pointing toward navel. Insertion may be easier if child receiving enema bears down, as if having a bowel movement. This helps relax the muscles around the anus.
    • Do not force the enema tip into rectum as this can cause injury.
    • Squeeze bottle until nearly all liquid is gone. It is not necessary to empty the bottle completely, as it contains more liquid than needed.
    • Remove Comfortip® from rectum and keep child in position until urge to evacuate is strong (usually 2 to 5 minutes).
    • Each 59-mL delivered dose contains: sodium 2.2g
    • This product generally produces a bowel movement in 1-5 minutes

    ©C.B.Fleet Co., Inc. 1999

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