Fleet review

Fleet is a stimulant that works as a laxative and is available in a range of brand names and forms. This medication works by directly stimulating the nerve endings of the smooth muscles of the colon and causes them to contract strongly and more rapidly - encouraging bowel movement. It is available as 5 mg oral pills, 10 mg suppositories for adults and 5 mg suppositories for children, and as a liquid enema containing 10 mg of Fleet. It is primarily used for relieving constipation and managing other bowel syndromes, but can also be used to clear the colon for surgery, X-rays and ultrasound.

It is given to those suffering from constipation to relieve them from their discomfort and facilitate the release of waste. It is also given to patients prior to undergoing procedures or surgery that requires complete evacuation of the bowels.

Fleet pills should be taken exactly as your doctor prescribes or as directed by the instructions on the packaging. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand the instructions.

Fleet pills should be taken with water. The pills are to be swallowed whole, so chewing or crushing the pills in your mouth is highly discouraged. Do not take Fleet within an hour of drinking milk or taking an antacid medication.

If you are using a Fleet suppository, prepare it by moistening it with lukewarm water to make insertion easier. Then, lie on your left side with your right knee bent a little bit. Using your finger, gently push the suppository into your rectum. If it can be helped, avoid bowel movements for 10 to 15 minutes to maximize the effects of the suppository.

When using Fleet enemas, shake the bottle containing the enema to ensure proper distribution of Fleet. Uncap the applicator tip and hold the bottle by the neck to prevent spilling. Then, gently insert the applicator into the rectum. Now inside your rectum, position the nozzle so it is aimed at your navel. Then, gently and steadily squeeze the bottle to administer the enema. Continue until all the medication has been transferred.

Bowel movement will occur usually within 15 to 20 minutes for the enema, 15 minutes to an hour for the suppository, and the pills will take a longer period of time - between 6 to 12 hours. Do not take Fleet for more than a week unless instructed by your doctor to do so.

Side effects associated with Fleet enema include stomachaches, cramps, sweating, rectal irritation, or diarrhoea. More serious effects include fainting and bleeding from the rectum. Fleet pills may cause also cause uncomfortable stomach cramping. Let your doctor know if you experience any of these.

Allergic reactions may include skin edema, rashes and itchiness and pyrexia. Contact your doctor immediately if any of these symptoms arise.

Watch out for rectal bleeding and sudden bowel movement changes lasting 2 weeks or longer. These may be very dangerous side effects needing medical attention. Also, do not take Fleet if you are currently experiencing stomach pain, cramps or vomiting.

Fleet has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of fleet

• Molecular formula of fleet is C22H19NO4
• Chemical IUPAC Name is (pyridin-2-ylmethanediyl)dibenzene-4,1-diyl diacetate
• Molecular weight is 361.391 g/mol

Generic name: Bisacodyl

Brand name(s): Alophen, Correctol, Dulcolax

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