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How fast do suppositories work

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 35 years experience
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
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nayan Shah
Gastroenterology 69 years experience
About 10-20 minutes: It may take about 10-20 minutes for it to start working.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. G. Wen
Dr. G. Wenanswered
27 years experience
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.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hillel Naon
Pediatric Gastroenterology 44 years experience
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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Fried
Nutrition 37 years experience
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 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. KT Park
A Verified Doctoranswered
17 years experience
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
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. C Jeffrey Holmes
Family Medicine 37 years experience
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
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rafoth
52 years experience
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
A 30-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
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 36 years experience
There are: vitamin suppositories. They work well. I have seen them used for patients who have had gastric bypass and have malabsorption problems. It is prefer... Read More