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Brand Name

Chemical Name

Enemeez® Mini Enema (U.S.)

Docusate (doe-koo-sate) stool softener laxative

Primary Usage in MS

Generic Available

Constipation

No

This medication is available without a prescription.

Description
Enemeez is an over-the-counter stool softener (emollient) that comes in a small, plastic, single-dose tube for insertion into the rectum. It works to produce bowel movements in a short time by introducing liquid into the stool to soften dry, hardened stool, making the stool easier to pass. The small size of this enema makes it easy to use without compromising its effectiveness.

Proper Usage
Laxatives are to be used to provide short-term relief only, unless otherwise directed by the nurse or physician who is helping you to manage your bowel symptoms. A regimen that includes a healthy diet containing roughage (whole grain breads and cereals, bran, fruit, and green, leafy vegetables), 6 to 8 full glasses of liquids each day, and some form of daily exercise, is most important in stimulating healthy bowel function.

If your physician has recommended this laxative for management of constipation, follow his or her recommendations for its use. If you are treating yourself for constipation, follow the directions on the package insert.

Results usually occur fifteen minutes to one hour after insertion. Be sure to consult your physician if you experience problems or do not get relief within a day or two.

Precautions
Do not use any type of laxative if you have signs of appendicitis or inflamed bowel (e.g., stomach or lower abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, soreness, nausea, or vomiting). Check with your physician as soon as possible.

Do not take any laxative for more than one week unless you have been told to do so by your physician. Many people tend to overuse laxatives, which often leads to dependence on the laxative action to produce a bowel movement. Discuss the use of laxatives with your health care professional in order to ensure that the laxative is used effectively as part of a comprehensive, healthy bowel management regimen.

If you are pregnant, discuss with your physician the most appropriate type of laxative for you to use.

Possible Side Effects
Side effect that may go away as your body adjusts to the medication and does not require medical attention unless it persists or is bothersome: skin irritation surrounding the rectal area.

Less common side effects that should be reported to your physician: rectal bleeding, blistering, burning, itching, or pain.

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Reprinted with permission from Rosalind C. Kalb (ed.), Multiple Sclerosis: The Questions You Have: The Answers You Need, 2nd Edition. New York: Demos Medical Publishing, Inc., 2000©

 

 

 

 

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