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Do glycerin suppositories expire?

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

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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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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Can you tell me how glycerin suppositories work?

Hyperosmotic laxativ: It works by drawing water into the intestines. The effect is to cause a bowel movement usually within 15 to 60 minutes. ...Read more

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What can happen if you eat a glycerin suppository?

Probably nothing: No active medicinal ingredient in glycerin suppositories as they act as a lubricant. Glycerin is generally not harmful if ingested- but that is not recommended. ...Read more

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Glycerin suppositories doesn't work. What do I do now?

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 a mineral oil enema as second line. If these are not working, a visit to your md or an er may be necessary for further management. General recommendation is to focus on prevention by plenty of fluids and high-fiber diet on a day to day basis. ...Read more

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

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

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 antibiotics are needed, and a low residue diet should initially be followed. ...Read more

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What does it feel like when u have a glycerin suppository?

Doesn't: Feel like anything. Glycerine will melt and soak into stool in rectum and make it easier to pass. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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Glycerin (Definition)

Glycerin is a laxative which is a ...Read more