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how fast do suppositories work

A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
33 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Some do: Acetominophen and Ibuprofen containg suppositories will help reduce a fever, while those used for constipation will not. Your pharmacist can suggest s ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nayan Shah
67 years experience Gastroenterology
About 10-20 minutes: It may take about 10-20 minutes for it to start working.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracey Leaver-Williams
17 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Probably so: There is rapid mucosal absorption through the rectum, probably faster than passing through the digestive tract.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Guolin Wen
25 years experience Pharmacology
Effect right away: Effect kicks in right away, but in order to reach peak it will take 4-8 hours after single dose; assuming this is vaginal supp.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hillel Naon
42 years experience Pediatric Gastroenterology
Mainly 3 ways: Glycerin suppositories are one of the most widely used rectal laxatives for relieving mild to moderate constipation in babies, adults, and children. G ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Fried
35 years experience General Practice
Hyperosmotic laxativ: It works by drawing water into the intestines. The effect is to cause a bowel movement usually within 15 to 60 minutes.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. KT Park
Dr. KT Park answered
15 years experience Pediatric Gastroenterology
Glycerin vs enema: If you are experiencing acute constipation or fecal impaction, home glycerin suppository is a good first step. You may also consider a fleets enema or ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. C Jeffrey Holmes
35 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: If one is constipated, use a clear liquid diet for 24hrs, then orally administer mag citrate or go-lytely. If one has an acute diverticulitis, then an ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rafoth
50 years experience Gastroenterology
MOM or miralax (polyethylene glycol): Milk of magnesia or MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) (glycolax). Puysh the dose until you go. Magnesium citrate and GoLytely work as well. But the bigger ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Depends: On why you are using it. If you are constipated and it doesn't help you poop, then try drinking more water and increasing p-fruits...Peach, pear plum, ... Read More

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