Fleet Enema

Generic Name: Sodium Phosphates (SOE-dee-um FOS-fates)Brand Name: Fleet

Fleet Enema is used for:

Treating constipation or cleansing the bowel before certain medical procedures. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Fleet Enema is a saline laxative enema. It works by pulling water from the body into the bowel, which helps to soften the stool and cause a bowel movement.

Do NOT use Fleet Enema if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Fleet Enema
  • you have a blockage of the bowel or other severe bowel problems, congestive heart failure, kidney failure, or too much phosphate in the blood

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Fleet Enema:

Some medical conditions may interact with Fleet Enema. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you are on a sodium-restricted diet or have a history of stomach or bowel problems
  • if you have appendicitis, liver or kidney problems, high blood pressure, low parathyroid function, bone problems (eg, osteomalacia), muscle problems (eg, rhabdomyolysis), pancreas problems, a kidney or bladder infection, kidney stones, electrolyte problems (eg, low blood calcium), a colostomy, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, or a sudden change in bowel movements lasting longer than 2 weeks
  • if you have already used a laxative for more than 1 week

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Fleet Enema. However, no specific interactions with Fleet Enema are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if Fleet Enema may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Fleet Enema:

Use Fleet Enema as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Remove the protective shield from the enema tip before inserting.
  • With steady pressure, gently insert the enema tip into the rectum with a slight side-to-side movement, with the tip pointing toward the navel. Insertion may be easier if you bear down, as if having a bowel movement. This helps relax the muscles around the anus.
  • Do not force the enema tip into the rectum. This can cause injury.
  • Squeeze the bottle until nearly all the liquid is gone. It is not necessary to empty the bottle completely. It contains more liquid than needed.
  • Remove the tip from the rectum and maintain the position until the urge to evacuate is strong (usually 2 to 5 minutes).
  • Do not use more than 1 enema in 24 hours.
  • If you miss a dose of Fleet Enema, contact your doctor immediately.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Fleet Enema.

Important safety information:

  • Stop using Fleet Enema and contact your doctor if you have rectal bleeding or fail to have a bowel movement after using Fleet Enema. These symptoms may indicate a serious condition.
  • Fleet Enema should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Fleet Enema while you are pregnant. It is not known if Fleet Enema is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Fleet Enema, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Fleet Enema:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Anal irritation; diarrhea; gas; nausea; stomach cramps.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blood in the stool; continued constipation; dizziness; vomiting; weakness.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Fleet Enema:

Store Fleet Enema at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep Fleet Enema out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Fleet Enema, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Fleet Enema is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Fleet Enema. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.