Pentasa Enemas

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   Posted 8/21/2008 2:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I've noticed a few topics recently about enemas and wanted to add my own.  I have just started with these enemas and don't have any success them with.  I have tried them once before and gave up on them as I just couldn't hold them in and the urge to let them out is just too intense.
Does anyone have any suggestions for me as I really am determined to make them work?  I do find the bottles difficult to use really as they are quite hard to squeeze and get all the liquid out.  I think they remind me too much of the Fleet Enemas which I use to flush me out before a flexi!!
Many thanks.

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   Posted 8/21/2008 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
You can try using half the bottle at first until you feel comfortable enough to retain the whole bottle. Also, you can try warming the bottle a bit by running it under warm water (not hot) or put it against your body for a while. The initial urge to expel is great so if you can white knuckle it for a bit, it will get easier to retain over time.
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   Posted 8/21/2008 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   

It was recommended to me to use 1/2 for while and the suggestions to "white knuckle" it is excellent.  I lay on my left side and listen to the radio - very still - and the urge will pass in a few minutes!


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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/21/2008 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

It was recommended to me by my GP that if you do it last thing at night and then just try and go to sleep...I can't say it was always successful but it was sometimes. Also for piece of mind put a towel on the bed underneath you as I have found that the enema stains if it gets on the duvet cover.

My feeling is even if you try and hold it in for a little bit it might do some perservere with it. Having said that I did go back to my consultant and said it was working and they gave me other tablets to try.

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/21/2008 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
When I'm flaring pretty bad, it's a huge struggle for me to keep it in. I tend to start counting after putting it in and sometimes I get up to 90 seconds before the agonizing pain goes away and I'm able to relax my body a bit. I find that if I lie on my back and listen to aggressive music that it's a bit more bearable... staying on my left side is worse for me.

When it hurts so bad to hold in my mesalamine enema, I now will use a cortenema first then a couple hours later use my mesalamine. For some reason, after the cortenema, the mesalamine's not so painful.

When I'm just in a day-to-day flare (I haven't been normal since diagnosed), the mesalamine doesn't hurt.
31 yr old male
Diagnosed: 7/07 - UC - Pancolitis
Current Meds: 1 or 2 Rowasa enemas a day; Cortenema every next day ; 6 Asacol / day

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