Top
40
Doctor insights on: Glycerin Suppositories Soften Stool

Share

Glycerin Suppository (Definition)

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


3

3
Could a glycerin suppository further block stool movement if it doesn't go up all the way?

Could a glycerin suppository further block stool movement if it doesn't go up all the way?

No: Suppositories are only supposed to sit in the anal canal or the very end of the rectum - if you push them in too far, they will not cause 'blockage'... ...Read more

4

4
Came home on paid meds, had small hard stools, can a senior safely use a glycerin suppository for relief?

Yes: However I would be sure you are drinking plenty of non caffeine fluids, 80-100 ounces per day. Hard pelletized stool is usually due to dehydration and inadequate fluids. ...Read more

5

5
I used a liquid glycerin suppository last night with almost zero result (2 small, hard stool expulsions) Can I repeat and when should stool be normal?

I used a liquid glycerin suppository last night with almost zero result (2 small, hard stool expulsions) Can I repeat and when should stool be normal?

Let's define problem: Doctors define constipation as stools less frequently than once every 3-4 days. Patients feel they are "constipated" when passing hard or small volume stool, or they feel full & bloated. Been x-rayed to check you're not blocked? We don't know if your gut is sluggish or your rectum works correctly--these can be tested for (sitz marker study & anal manometry, respectively). See a GI specialist. ...Read more

6

6
Had impacted stool. Used two glycerin suppositories and nothing happened. Used one full fleet saline enema. Relief. Stuff still there. Can I use again?

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

9

9
How effective are glycerin suppositories?

How effective are glycerin suppositories?

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

10

10
What are the effects of a glycerin suppository?

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

11

11
Are glycerin suppositories safe for heart patients?

Are glycerin suppositories safe for heart patients?

If used properly: Glycerin irritates the bowel lining, causing it to secrete fluids that help relieve constipation. It has no direct cardiac effects. If used to the point that it causes severe diarrhea, there can be changes in your electrolytes which can cause abnormal heart rhythm changes. The insertion of a suppository in the rectum can cause vagal nerve stimulation, rarely resulting in low heart rate and BP ...Read more

12

12
Are glycerin suppositories safer than senna laxatives?

Are glycerin suppositories safer than senna laxatives?

Senna - Glycerin: Both glycerin and senna laxatives are rather safe, but they do work in different ways. Senna is considered a stimulant laxative and glycerin is a lubricant. Depending on the cause of the constipation, glycerin is the "gentler" option. However, I have seen situations where both senna and glycerin suppositories were used together. ...Read more

13

13
Do glycerin suppositories damage the kidneys? Does renal impairment require a dosage reduction?

Do glycerin suppositories damage the kidneys? Does renal impairment require a dosage reduction?

Kidney: Glycerine sup does not damage kidneys. And glycerine is a simple lubricant for the intestin. But some fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate) containing phosphates are discouraged in patients with kidney failure or insufficiency as the increase the serum level of phosphates to a non desirable level. ...Read more

16

16
It says to not take more than 1 glycerin suppository in 24 hr. Period. I accidently took two back to back just now. Should I go to er?

Not necessarily: If you want assistance getting cleaned out the er could do it for you. However, I see no need to go for the extra glycerin suppository. It is irregularly absorbed and not toxic in general. The recommendations are an effort to discourage folks who might depend on suppositories to go. ...Read more

17

17
Five hours after glycerin suppository and 2tsp of milk of mag, my 7 year old daughter has no bm. She's in a lot of pain, recommendations?

Five hours after glycerin suppository and 2tsp of milk of mag, my 7 year old daughter has no bm. She's in a lot of pain, recommendations?

Kids who are sick: We do not wait in these situations. Your daughter is ill and needs medical evaluation urgently. Please sign off of the internet and get her to the nearest hospital. ...Read more

18

18
Tried everything had Nothing works to treat my constipation but doc says use glycerin suppositories as needed. Is this safe? I use them weekly

Safe: Glycerin suppositories are safe, but you should not need to use them to treat your constipation on a regular basis. There are better options, but it is important that you discuss them with those who treat your Gilbert's disease and hypothyroidism. Don't underestimate the effectiveness of a healthy, high fiber diet and adequate hydration. Also, when was the least time your thyroid was checked? ...Read more

19

19
I am a dancer and my company has put me on a strict diet of just fruit and water. I us 2 glycerin suppository. What else can I us for constipation?

I am a dancer and my company has put me on a strict diet of just fruit and water. I us 2 glycerin suppository. What else can I us for constipation?

Unhealthy: A diet of only fruit and water is not likely to meet your nutritional needs and is protein deficient. Your infrequent stools are probably due to lack of bulk in your diet, since fruit and water only should have a natural stool softening effect. ...Read more

20

20
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

22

22
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

23

23
What are the ways that fleet liquid glycerin suppositories works?

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. Glycerin suppositories provide gentle, timely and effective relief from constipation with minimal side effects. Works by irritation, hydration and lubrication.

Read more: http://www. Ehow. Com/facts_5501853_do-glycerin-suppositories-w. ...Read more

26

26
Is it okay to use a glycerin suppository after taking antidepressents?

Yes: Antidepressants can make you constipated, so sometimes these are recommended. However you should check with the doctor who prescribed the antidepressant first. ...Read more

27

27
Do glycerin suppositories dry out rectum increasing chance of anal tear?

Do glycerin suppositories dry out rectum increasing chance of anal tear?

Shouldn't: As long as the suppository is lubed, and inserted carefully, it shouldn't cause a tear. Doubt it will dry out the rectum either - it's very humid in there, with no exposure to ambient air. Hope this helps! ...Read more

28

28
Is glycerin suppository good for toddlers constipation? Does it hurt after inserting?

Yes, but be careful: Glycerin suppositories are effective for toddlers. However, administration of any rectal therapy in young children after infancy can be emotionally disturbing. Therefore I generally avoid such therapies for constipation with my young patients. ...Read more

29

29
What should be the minimum time gap between 2 dose of glycerin suppository for a 3 year old toddler?

2-3 days: However if you needing to use multiple suppositories than I would make sure you are consulting your doctor. ...Read more

31

31
Used a fleets liquid glycerin suppository. All that came out was 3 pebbles. I'm worried. I'm able to pass pebbles daily. Go to ER? Obstruction?

Used a fleets liquid glycerin suppository. All that came out was 3 pebbles. I'm worried. I'm able to pass pebbles daily. Go to ER? Obstruction?

Too early to worry: Constipation needs a lot of time to clear up. If you have severe pain and not passing stool and gas then you need to worry. Please drmkl a lot of fluids and take a high fiber doet ...Read more

32

32
Can patients with kidney failure use glycerin suppositories?

Can patients with kidney failure use glycerin suppositories?

Yes: Glycerin is not absorbed through the rectum, which is why it draws water out of the body into the stools and helps one have a more productive bowel movement. It is probably safe to use, but if you use it for more than a few days in a row, you run the risk of dehydrating yourself, which is bad in kidney failure. I would suggest you see your doctor if the constipation is not improving. ...Read more

33

33
Would chronic use of glycerin suppositories possibly cause brain fog?

Would chronic use of glycerin suppositories possibly cause brain fog?

Not likely: But why are you chronically using glycerin suppositories? "brain fog" alludes to feelings of confusion, poor concentration, and memory lapses. These symptoms could relate more to high blood pressure (listed on your clinical conditions) than they do to suppositories. In some people, propanolol can also cause a feeling of fuzzy thinking. You might want to discuss this with your own physician. ...Read more

40

40
I have chronic constipation my doc told me I can use glycerin suppositories every 3 days as needed. Is it ok to use these chronically?

Yes: But better to prevent the constipation rather than treat it. Eat a hi fiber diet and drink 80-100 ounces of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily, more if you excercise more than 30 minutes per day. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Eleczko
148 Doctors shared insights

Glycerin (Definition)

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


Feces (Definition)

Feces is the product of ...Read more