Fleet Enema

(saline enema)

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Fleet Enema (saline enema) provides quick relief of constipation, but should be saved for treating more severe constipation.

Quick facts about Fleet
  • Drug class: Gastrointestinal
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (saline enema)

Upsides

  • Fleet Enema (saline enema) works right away to relieve constipation and is relatively well tolerated.
  • It’s a good option if milder constipation treatments haven’t worked for you.
  • Fleet Enema (saline enema) is relatively inexpensive and readily available over-the-counter and as a generic.
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Downsides

  • Fleet Enema (saline enema) is generally not the first treatment for constipation. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to see if milder treatment options may be better for you.
  • Fleet Enema (saline enema) can cause you to have the feeling of "having to go right away”.
  • You have to be comfortable putting Fleet Enema (saline enema) in your rectum.
  • Fleet Enema (saline enema) should only be used occasionally. If you regularly experience constipation, this might not be the best medicine for you. Talk to your doctor about other medication options.
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How it works

Fleet Enema (saline enema) is an osmotic laxative. It helps your body keep more water in your intestines, which makes your stool softer and thus easier to pass.

Quick facts about Fleet
  • Drug class: Gastrointestinal
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (saline enema)

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  • Enema
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What to expect when you take Fleet Enema (saline enema) for Constipation

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  • Possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Bloating
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Side effect rates for Fleet Enema (saline enema)

Risks and Warnings for Fleet Enema (saline enema)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Age 55 or older
    • Young child
    • History of kidney problems
    • Taking water pills
    • Bowel obstruction
    • Taking medicines that can affect kidney function

    You should only use Fleet Enema (saline enema) enema 1 time in a 24-hour period. Using more than 1 enema a day can make you dangerously dehydrated and can harm your kidneys and heart. Be sure to drink lots of fluids. Talk to your doctor right away if you're feeling thirsty, dizzy, vomiting, or not urinating as much as usual.

Common concerns from people taking Fleet Enema (saline enema)

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Kidneys and liver
  • You should only use Fleet Enema (saline enema) enema 1 time in a 24-hour period. Using more than 1 enema a day can make you dangerously dehydrated and can harm your kidneys and heart. Be sure to drink lots of fluids. Talk to your doctor right away if you're feeling thirsty, dizzy, vomiting, or not urinating as much as usual.
  • Fleet Enema (saline enema) can cause changes in your body’s electrolytes. Electrolytes help your body function properly. If you have kidney problems or are on a salt-restricted diet, talk to your doctor before taking Fleet Enema (saline enema). Fleet Enema (saline enema) can raise sodium and phosphate to dangerous levels in your body, which can be really bad if you have kidney problems.
Pain
  • Talk to your doctor before using Fleet Enema (saline enema) if you have nausea, vomiting, pain or bulging in your belly that doesn't go away, or changes to your bowel movements in the past 2 weeks. Stop using this medication and talk to your doctor right away if you experience rectal bleeding, or no bowel movement after taking Fleet Enema (saline enema). These might be symptoms of a bowel blockage or obstruction, which is serious.