Can Coca-cola be used for impacted stools?

Coca-cola insertion into the large intestine can be used for impacted stools. Impacted stools are large and hard pieces of stool which get stuck in your rectum or colon. 

According to some research studies, Coca-cola contains some chemicals which may mimic the activity of gastric fluids. Insertion of this drink into the rectum can help break down the large masses of stools and facilitate bowel evacuation. (1)

Some studies have also indicated that this method has a success rate of about 93%. In fact, this method can be quite helpful even if other conventional methods like enema and laxatives fail to clear up your large intestine. (2)

However, it is not recommended to try this at home. If you are concerned about bowel obstruction, reach out to your doctor. Do not try anything that requires high medical skills on your own. 

Medications and medical procedures for impacted stools

There are medications and medical procedures that can help with impacted stools. These include: (3)


  • Stool softeners: These medications help soften the stool, making it easier to pass.
  • Laxatives: Different types of laxatives, such as osmotic laxatives or stimulant laxatives, can help stimulate bowel movements and alleviate constipation.
  • Enemas: Enemas involve introducing liquid into the rectum to soften the stool and promote bowel movements.

Manual removal

In severe cases, a healthcare professional may need to manually remove the impacted stool. This procedure, called manual disimpaction, involves using gloved fingers to gently break up and remove the hardened stool.

Rectal irrigation

Rectal irrigation involves the use of a special device to introduce a controlled amount of fluid into the rectum. This helps soften the stool and flush it out.

Surgical procedures

In rare cases of severe or chronic impaction, surgical intervention may be necessary. This may involve removing a portion of the colon or rectum to relieve the blockage.

Some tips for regulating your bowel movements

Some important tips that can help regulate your bowel movements include:

  • Increase fibre intake: Consuming more fibre-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, can add bulk to the stool and promote regular bowel movements. Magnesium-rich foods can also help, but be aware! Too much magnesium can lead to constipation
  • Stay hydrated: Drinking an adequate amount of water helps soften the stool, making it easier to pass. Aim for at least eight glasses of water per day.
  • Exercise regularly: Engaging in physical activity can stimulate bowel movements and promote healthy digestion. Try incorporating moderate exercise, like walking or cycling, into your daily routine.
  • Establish a regular bathroom routine: Creating a consistent schedule for going to the bathroom, preferably after meals when the colon is more active, can help regulate bowel movements.
  • Practice relaxation techniques: Stress and anxiety can contribute to constipation. Try relaxation techniques like deep breathing exercises, meditation, or yoga to help alleviate stress and promote better digestion.

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