Are you supposed to let enemas stay in you all night or temporarily?

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NostraHistoria
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   Posted 3/4/2009 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I was looking into the Pentasa enema instructions, and it says to stay on your left side for about 10 minutes after administering the enema. However, it does not say if you are supposed to leave it over a longer period of time. Anyone know?
26m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Normal medication: 12 tablets of Asacol daily
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   Posted 3/4/2009 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, you get better results in you can hold it all night.
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quincy
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   Posted 3/4/2009 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
yes, one is to retain it overnight.

If one cannot, a half hour is better than not at all.

But, you're on the suppositories..right? Are you thinking of going on the enemas?

quincy
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pb4
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   Posted 3/4/2009 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I believe all rectal meds are meant to be retained.

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quincy
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   Posted 3/4/2009 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
its easy to get firstly think the term .... enema....meaning to cause a bm.

not the case when we talk meds....

q
*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 x2 daily); flaring /Dec 22, tapered to every 3rd nite
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3 
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


NostraHistoria
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   Posted 3/5/2009 1:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I am on the enema now. I am having trouble with getting the fluid moving in the bottle. it takes some time to get the liquid flowing. Oh, well.
26m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Normal medication: 12 tablets of Asacol daily
New: Entocort 9 mg


shortstuff1
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   Posted 3/16/2009 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey!

I am new with UC and also have had to use the steroid enemas for 3 months. I was very confused at first b/c my doc sent me home with no instructions... basically a diagnosis and a prescription. I was flip flopping on my sides thinking it would cover both sides of my colon (not realizing that that was wrong!). After doing it wrong for nearly a month... I called the nurse and doctor and they told me the longer you could keep it in, the better. If you can do it all night.. you probably won't have to take them as long. Good luck! I know how frustrating it can be :-)


29 yr old recently diagnosed with UC in Nov 08. Taking Asacol 3 times daily and Steriod enemas 2 times daily. no children, very active;


Mamas Boys
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   Posted 3/16/2009 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
It helps to warm the bottle between your hand for a few minutes.  That should get the fluid moving better and also make it easier to retain.  And yes - you should probably use the enema at bedtime and the goal should be to retain it the whole night.

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