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Glycerin Suppository (Definition)

A glycerin suppository is a lubricant, laxative suppository that really has no medical ingredient. It lubricates the bowel and ...Read more


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Which is better to use, glycerin suppository or a fleets enema?

Which is better to use, glycerin suppository or a fleets enema?

Glycerin vs enema: Depends on the situation. Gylcerin suppository is a lubricant that dissolves in your rectum for gentler passage of stool. A fleets enema is reserved for substantial constipation or impaction; it's a saline laxative drawing water into your colon and goes further up the colon and works around hard stools beyond the rectum. Generally, it's not uncommon to try glycerin first, then fleets. ...Read more

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What should I do if a glycerin suppository does not work? Enema?

What should I do if a glycerin suppository does not work? Enema?

Maybe: You can try a fleet mineral oil enema. As long as you don't have an infectious process in your belly and are sure you do not have a bowel obstruction from prior surgery or some other cause, go on liquids and take 1-2 tbsp of milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) every 12 hours and you can try 1-2 tablespooons of mineral oil every 12 hours, until you have had a bowel movement and feel emptied. If doesn't resolve with abo. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to do if no relief from glycerin suppository? Will enema shoot it up inside me?

Much depends: On the duration of no bm. Laxatives either form bulk (fiber), draw fluid into the gut (mg++ types), lubricate (mineral oil), or stimulate (bisacodyl- dulcolax). Fleets enema helps clear from below, the laxatives work from above. ...Read more

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Had impacted stool. Used two glycerin suppositories and nothing happened. Used one full fleet saline enema. Relief. Stuff still there. Can I use again?

Try: A Fleet mineral oil enema. hold it in for 30 minutes if possible and lying on your left side with feet on a pillow above your hips. Once cleared, to avoid recurrence, make sure you are drinking 80-100 oz of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily. ...Read more

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Why do fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate) put stress on the kidneys? Are glycerin suppositories safer for heart patients?

Phosphate: The kidney removes excess phospate, this ability is degraded in ckd. Fleets phosphasoda enemas contain large amounts of sodium phosphate. It is recommended to not use phosphate enemas in chronic kidney disease. The same is true for na phosphate containing bowel preps. ...Read more

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How effective are glycerin suppositories?

Good: They could be quite effective. But if constipation continues please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the effects of a glycerin suppository?

None: It's an inert substance that makes your stools come out. However, if you use it in excess, like anything else in life, you will develop problems. ...Read more

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Will a glycerin suppository relieve nausea?

No: Glycerin is used for a mild stimulant/lubricant and has no effect on the brain-receptor pathway that controls nausea. However, if constipation is causing nausea, it is possible that stimulating a bm will help somewhat. ...Read more

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How often cani give my baby glycerin suppositories?

How often cani give my baby glycerin suppositories?

As needed but...: If a baby has an infrequent and hard bowel movements, glycerin suppository may be used. However, if infant requires suppositories often, it is prudent to have baby checked whether or not he/she has something serious, e.g., hirschsrung disease. ...Read more

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Is it possible to damage colon from glycerin suppository?

Is it possible to damage colon from glycerin suppository?

Colon damage: No, but if you haven't seen your doctor your constipation is being caused by your hypothyroid condition ...Read more

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Does chronic long term glycerin suppository use cause electrolyte imbalance?

Does chronic long term glycerin suppository use cause electrolyte imbalance?

Electrolytes: Any kind of chronic use of laxatives / enema can cause electrolyte imbalance. It's recommended you have regular lab work done. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of a glycerin suppository inserted in the wrong hole?

What are the side effects of a glycerin suppository inserted in the wrong hole?

Virtually none.: Wouldn't worry. I'm assuming you mean vagina rather than mouth, or your aim is really off! ...Read more

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What are the side effects if a glycerin suppository is inserted in the wrong hole?

What are the side effects if a glycerin suppository is inserted in the wrong hole?

Probably none: Presuming you mean a glycerine suppository inserted into the vagina. If you mean inserted into the mouth, it is unlikely to taste very good. In either event, it is unlikely to cause a bowel movement. ...Read more

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Is using Glycerin Suppositories chronically bad? I have chronic idiopathic constipation.

Is using Glycerin Suppositories chronically bad? I have chronic idiopathic constipation.

From Above: A better overall strategy is to help constipation " from above" so to speak. Increased fluids, vegetables, salad, perhaps a daily spoonful of metamucil are all helpful. Add in a daily dose of Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or mineral oil and you should be able to have soft daily stools. Using glycerin suppository is safe, however, if the above strategies aren't helping. ...Read more

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What are the side effects should a glycerin suppository be accidentally inserted in the wrong hole?

What are the side effects should a glycerin suppository be accidentally inserted in the wrong hole?

None.: Glycerin is a lubricat to aid in defacation. I'm sure you are talking about the vagina. The mouth would be too far off the mark. ...Read more

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How much of the fleet pedia-lax liquid glycerin suppositories do I give to my baby (2 1/2 weeks) she hasn't had a bm in 4 days.?

How much of the fleet pedia-lax liquid glycerin suppositories do I give to my baby (2 1/2 weeks) she hasn't had a bm in 4 days.?

Half: If it is thee glycerin suppository, give half (rounded end in first). Are you giving baby any water? Is belly bloated and hard? If no immediate relief with suppository, see a doctor. ...Read more

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I am constipated and I have taken 2 glycerin suppository already and I am still freel constipated. What should I do? Or take?

I am constipated and I have taken 2 glycerin suppository already and I am still freel constipated. What should I do? Or take?

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): Try taking one capful of MiraLAX in 8 ounces of fluid. It is a non absorbable polyethylene glycol that will draw water into your bowel and help you have a bowel movement. You need to have enough fluid in your system in order for it to work. You can take it 2-3 days in a row. Drink plenty of fluids, . ...Read more

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I've just used one glycerin suppository (4g) and the technician at the pharmacy said I could use another one within one hour. Is it safe to do so?

Yes: It may still not do what you want but glycerin is rather innocuous. If you are backed up to the point of discomfort you may need to administer an enema. If that seems to major I would consult your doc for guidance. ...Read more

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Hi I've not had a BM in almost 9 days. I've tried bisacadyl and now a glycerin suppository and all its done is give me really bad cramps! Plz help?

Stop treatment:: I suggest the use of MiraLax, an osmotic laxative in powder form mixed with water- very effective and gentle. You must be seen and evaluated for chronic constipation. ...Read more

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Can I breastfeed after taking glycerin suppositories? Also, I took 2 glycerin suppositories within 15 minutes of each other. Is that okay? I got the h

Can I breastfeed after taking glycerin suppositories? Also, I took 2 glycerin suppositories within 15 minutes of each other. Is that okay? I got the h

Definitely OK!: Glycerin suppositories should only contain glycerin, and should only be used by insertion in the anus. Glycerin is just a gentle lubricant, it isn't absorbed into your bloodstream and you can use them as often as needed without risk of harming yourself or affecting your breast milk. Remember to keep drinking plenty of fluids and eating a healthy diet with lots of vegetables, & legumes (peas, beans) ...Read more

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My son is on liquid iron twice a day and it has given him horrible constiption. It's now been 6 days and I've used 3 glycerin suppositories in the mea?

My son is on liquid iron twice a day and it has given him horrible constiption. It's now been 6 days and I've used 3 glycerin suppositories in the mea?

Iron supplements: Constipation (or even diarrhea) is a frequent side effect of iron supplementation. Increasing fluid intake and fiber are good suggestions. Call your prescribing physician - a dose adjustment may be needed. ...Read more

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Do glycerin suppositories expire?

Yes: Every medication has expiration date. The date is usually printed on the box and on the wrap of the product. ...Read more

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I'm curious what could happen if you eat a glycerin suppository?

Probably not much...: We had a rash of patients who misread their instructions and swallowed them instead of using them as directed. One complained of a stomach ache...the rest, nothing happened. Including no results from the suppository. ...Read more

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Glycerin suppository side effect?

Glycerin suppository side effect?

Probably not.: Glycerin is a pretty common substance, even found even in foods. Local application might cause irritation, but very unlikely to cause any other side effect. ...Read more

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Glycerin suppository side effects?

None: That I know of. However would not use it daily, but rather figure out the reason you need one and correct the underying problem whether it be not enough fluids or fiber. ...Read more

Enema (Definition)

An enema is the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels[ principly the colon/ large ...Read more


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