Sometimes the cortifoam that pb4 has suggested is easier to retain. I used to have the hardest time retaining the enemas! I use hydrocortisone enemas as needed. This is what has helped me....
1. I soak the bottle in a sink of warm water for about
10 minutes. I have found that a cold enema makes me want to go immediately, where as it is better warm.
2. If you can remove the top of your enema, then try to expel any air that is in the bottle before insertion.
3. Once you insert the enema tip, take a few deep breaths to try and relax. Then, SLOWLY squeeze the contents in.
4. Continue to take deep breaths and try to relax.
5. Try to give yourself an enema during a time of day when your bowels are least active.
I am unable to retain an enema overnight. My GI said even 1 hour would be helpful. After the enema is in, I lay on one side for 15 minutes, then on my back for 15 minutes, then the other side for 15 minutes, then my back again for 15 minutes. This will ensure that your colon is coated properly.
I hope these suggestions help you. Good luck!
Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2006, Fibromyalgia November 2008
Asacol 3 times a day, Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks, Prednisone 12 mg, Miralax as needed, Prevacid 30mg, Vit B12, Slow-FE (Iron), Hydrocortisone enemas as needed
Imuran stopped 9/8/08 (possible Pancreatitis)
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)