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How long does it take for a suppository to relieve constipation?

How long does it take for a suppository to relieve constipation?

Usually < 1 hour: I depends on the suppository. Some are glycerin and only stimulate the rectum by their irritant properties. Bisacodyl suppositories (dulcolax, etc.) are gut stimulants and generally work better and quicker but can lead to cramps. ...Read more

Suppository (Definition)

A suppository is a drug delivery system that is inserted into the rectum (rectal suppository), vagina (vaginal suppository) or urethra (urethral suppository), where it dissolves or melts. They are used to deliver both systemically-acting and locally-acting medications. The alternative term for delivery of medicine via such ...Read more


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How long does a babies gliceran suppository take in affect the baby is 5 weeks old and constipated

How long does a babies gliceran suppository take in affect the baby is 5 weeks old and constipated

A: A glycerine suppository only takes a few minutes to melt, but it may take a few more hours for the child to pass a stool.

Constipation is the passage of a dry, hard stool - not necessarily the absence of daily stool. If you suspect your child may be crying because he is ill, call your child's doctor. That being said, constipation is common in infants and there are a couple things you can do to help.

1.) give pear or prune juice - 1oz/age in months/day so in your case 1 oz. Not only does prune or pear juice have sugar which can help soften bms, but also has fiber (notice the gritty texture when you drink it?). This does not mean that you should be feeding your baby juice as a part of his regular diet, but it's ok in daily small amounts to treat constipation.

2.) if juice does not work, then you can try a glycerine suppository which you can buy over the counter. Just cut a pea-sized piece of the glycerine and place it in the baby's anus to lubricate the hard stool. This is not meant for daily use, so if you find that your baby needs a suppository in order to have a bm despite dietary changes, discuss with your child's doctor.

3.) do not use mineral oil, laxatives or enemas. These methods are not safe for infants.

4.) finally, if constipation is persistent and not improved with any of the above recommendations, be sure to contact your baby's doctor. There are some very rare underlying disorders such as hirschprung's disease, cystic fibrosis or hypothyroidism that can cause chronic constipation. ...Read more

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Can I try suppositories to relieve my baby's constipation?

Can I try suppositories to relieve my baby's constipation?

1st Dietary Measures: Dr mcgraw's answer is true. But if constipated, meaning discomfort with defecation, then more dietary fiber such as prunes or vegies. Also consider if there is anything being eaten that binds the baby. For example, milk/dairy is common cause of constipation in children. Suppositoties are more a last resort in my opinion. ...Read more

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How long should I try inserting a suppository for constipation?

How long should I try inserting a suppository for constipation?

Short term fix: Suppository is a short term fix for constipation. If you find yourself having to use a suppository regularly, you need to see your doctor to help figure out why this is happening. ...Read more

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Blackishgreen stool water no form, in 1 yr old boy with constipation for 3 months no relief but suppositories what should I do?

Blackishgreen stool water no form, in 1 yr old boy with constipation for 3 months no relief but suppositories what should I do?

See doctor: Black watery stools can be blood from high up in the bowel. Many possibilities such as ulcer or crohn's disease. For this he needs to see a pediatric gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take magnesium citrate immediately after a suppository for severe constipation due to pain meds after surgery?

Is it safe to take magnesium citrate immediately after a suppository for severe constipation due to pain meds after surgery?

Mostly: If you're healthy otherwise, that should be fine. Severe constipation with narcotics is a real problem. Tapering back/off the meds as soon as you can will help. ...Read more

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Tried liquid suppository, MOM, mineral oil enema, still no BM from constipation due to meds and bruised ribs! What can I do now for immediate relief??

Tried liquid suppository, MOM, mineral oil enema, still no BM from constipation due to meds and bruised ribs! What can I do now for immediate relief??

Magnesium citrate: You have correctly tried transrectal route for relief of your constipation. It is also helpful to treat from above with oral laxatives. One bottle of overt the counter magnesium citrate should work. If not you may need to seek medical care/advice. ...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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2 yo constipated. Gave suppository. No stool. 20 min later took rectal temp. Felt warm. Had to take temp many x. Therm not working. As I was doing this brown mucus w/dot blood came out. Suppository?

2 yo constipated. Gave suppository. No stool. 20 min later took rectal temp. Felt warm. Had to take temp many x. Therm not working. As I was doing this brown mucus w/dot blood came out. Suppository?

CONSTIPATION:: Give otc polyethylene glycol (miralax) 1-2 teaspoonful in 8-10 ounces of juice or gatorade twice daily until he gets diarrhea, then once daily. No more suppository because it is causing irritation, bleeding and pain. Give extra fluid, avoid greasy/fatty food. If not better, see the pediatrician, might need manual removal and laxative med. ...Read more

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Can I use a baby suppository for my own constipation?

Can I use a baby suppository for my own constipation?

Yes: In treating constipation, it is always better to start with the mildest treatment first and if there is no or little response then get more aggressive. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use expired suppositories for constipation?

Is it ok to use expired suppositories for constipation?

Probably safe: If they are simple otc, have been stored correctly and are not antiques you should be fine. If they are a special prescription formula, have been exposed to bad environments and are rancid, moldy, dried out, etc.... Skip it and buy some. Americans are more picky than folk from other countries - expired goods are all some can get in some places. Use common sense and I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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I have extreme constipation and I am forced to use suppositories all the time. How to treat this for good?

I have extreme constipation and I am forced to use suppositories all the time. How to treat this for good?

Careful: With taking excess fiber, as too much fiber along with inadequate fluids can make the constipation worse. Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and a liquid diet only until passing stool is best. Then avoiding recurrent constipation requires 80-100 oz of caffeine free, alcohol free fluid daily with no more than 25 grams of fiber daily. If keeps recurring, you may need a colonoscopy if you haven't had one recently. ...Read more

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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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Is it safe to give an infant of 1 month a suppository? How often and what's best for infant constipation?

Sometimes: Many children become constipated but it is by no means normal - many parents use an occasional glycerin suppository without issue but you really should discuss this with your doctor and have the child checked as this is not normal and possibly a change in diet or a medication may be more helpful especially if this is chronic ...Read more

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I am having severe constipation after birth of my baby since 2 and half month any suggestion or medicine? I am using suppository everyday.

I am having severe constipation after birth of my baby since 2 and half month any suggestion or medicine? I am using suppository everyday.

Slow versus normal?: Has structural pathology been ruled out in your colon or rectum, and have you had an assessment of GI transit (slow versus normal "constipation"), of metabolic diseases (low thyroid, low adrenal), & of possible abdominal pathology external to the gut? Continued use of irritant suppositories may do more harm. If stool softeners, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) & diet modification don't help, please get checked by doctor. ...Read more

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What does one do about constipation? I have tried Metamucil and am about to try a suppository. Does having a prolapse cause complications here.

What does one do about constipation? I have tried Metamucil and am about to try a suppository. Does having a prolapse cause complications here.

Stay regular: Keep taking the Metamucil, and more water. Don't take Metamucil only when you're constipated--take it every day. Also, take magnesium to "bowel tolerance." You can't OD on magnesium, because it will give you diarrhea. Find dose that works for you--every day. Add bowel stimulants like prunes. You may be hypothyroid, a common cause of constipation. Stay regular to avoid problems w/ prolapse. ...Read more

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Would you consider glycerin suppositories safer for me then prune juice for constipation since prune juice causes excessive Diarreah?

Would you consider glycerin suppositories safer for me then prune juice for constipation since prune juice causes excessive Diarreah?

Constipation care: The best way to manage constipation is with a daily regimen that keeps you regular. For many reasons it is not good to wait until you are very constipated, then take something to treat it. The best medication to use, which is safe to use every day, is glycolax. Use glycolax daily, consume plenty of fiber and drink lots of water. Avoid suppositoty use unless you are severely constipated. ...Read more

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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

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Can you use a preperation h suppository before glycerin supppository? Constipation due to internal hemorrhoid. Partial blockage.

Hemorrhoids: If the hemorrhoids are on the outside, you can use preparation H cream. If they are in the inside, you will need a suppository like preparation H or anusol. You should avoid constipation so that the hemorrhoids don't recur. Your doctor can do an anoscopy in the office to determine the size of hemorrhoids. If there is partial blockage sensation, you might want to consider a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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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

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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

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What is safe besides suppositories to treat constipation? How to make going easier? Prune juice safe at this age?

What is safe besides suppositories to treat constipation? How to make going easier? Prune juice safe at this age?

Constipation.: I can't tell your age from your profile, but prune juice is generally safe. A good first start would be to increase the amount of fiber in your diet, and perhaps adding a fiber supplement such as Metamucil. When you do this, you need to increase the amount of liquid in your diet also. If this does not help after several weeks, then you should see your doctor for further plans. Good luck. ...Read more

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No urge to poop. Suppository did not work. When got urge only sup came out. Still no urge. Constipation or poop just not ready?

No urge to poop. Suppository did not work. When got urge only sup came out. Still no urge. Constipation or poop just not ready?

Constipation: How long have you been without urge or bowel movement? I recommend some mild exercise, and some people respond well to prunes, cantaloupe, caffeine, raisins. Drink plenty of water too. If still no "results", then see an M.D. ...Read more

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