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Is it ok to use a laxative suppository after its expiration date?

Is it ok to use a laxative suppository after its expiration date?

Uncertain: In general, it is recommended that medications not be used after expiration date. With that said, there is a big difference between being expired for 5 days versus 5 years. Your pharmacist should be able to provide more information. ...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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I've increased fiber, water, exercise and still only pass pebbles. Have to use a laxative at least 1 every 2 weeks. Suppository doesn't clean out?

I've increased fiber, water, exercise and still only pass pebbles. Have to use a laxative at least 1 every 2 weeks. Suppository doesn't clean out?

Chronic constipation: For how long? opioids / anticholinergics? Drink 2.5 -3 liters /day, combo of water /gatorade. juice? also 1-2 glassesf prune juice /day Consider Sitz study where they have you swallow markers and over 5 days see how many you release in stool, if few are released it means the bowel is moving too slow. or may have congential absence of muscularis in some colon section. f/u w/ gastroenterology ...Read more

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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

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My abdomen hurts and I feel nauseous sometimes I have had a hard time pooping For the last 8 days I have been taking laxatives and suppositories ?

My abdomen hurts and I feel nauseous sometimes I have had a hard time pooping 
For the last 8 days I have been taking laxatives and suppositories ?

Full of stool: Sounds like you are constipated and your intestines are full of stool. This is causing the nausea. You could try using an enema to get the hard stool out that is plugging everything up. Once cleaned out, you need more fiber in your diet in general to prevent this from happening again. Eat 5+ fruits/veg daily. Eliminate cheese. Try metamucil powder every AM. Try docusate stool softeners at bedtime. ...Read more

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I haven't pooped in several days. I tryed chocolate laxitive and suppository and hasn't helped. What else can I try? I normally poop every day

I haven't pooped in several days. I tryed chocolate laxitive and suppository and hasn't helped. What else can I try? I normally poop every day

Miralax (polyethylene glycol): If you are otherwise healthy, try miralax (polyethylene glycol) once. If that is not helpful, see an MD and review any diet changes, medications you have taken, including vitamins, and consider getting your thyroid checked. ...Read more

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My baby is havingfsevere constipation.She is given plenty of fluids. We are forced to give her laxative and suppositorie still very painful.?

My baby is havingfsevere constipation.She is given plenty of fluids. We are forced to give her laxative and suppositorie still very painful.?

Diet change: You did not give the age of the baby. It is a very common problem and you often need o give suppositories and laxative (usually miralax, (polyethylene glycol) which is effective and safe), change diet and formula if he/she takes formula, and it still takes time. This may help: http://www.Healthychildren.Org/english/ages-stages/baby/diapers-clothing/pages/infant-constipation.Aspx. ...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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Can u cut glycerin suppositories in half and only use half? Their otc

Can u cut glycerin suppositories in half and only use half? Their otc

Yes: That is not a problem. If you are needing these frequently for relief than i recommend follow-up with your pcp to evaluate further. ...Read more

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Can chronic use of glycerin suppositories cause lasting health effects?

Can chronic use of glycerin suppositories cause lasting health effects?

No: Glycerin is an inert lubricant. The real questions is why you need to use a glycerin lubricant chronically. If for easier bowel movements, there are better long term answers. ...Read more

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How long is it ok to use glycerine liquid suppositories? Is more than a week daily ok?

How long is it ok to use glycerine liquid suppositories? Is more than a week daily ok?

Confusing question: Your question does not indicate if this is for you or a child and why you are using it.If you, diet change, wetting agents and scheduled emptying are better long term plans. For a child, diet change and wetting agents are better. Glycerin can be a soothing short term solution but is unlike;y to provide long term benefit.Using it daily for a week while you start the other agents would be my goal. ...Read more

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I'm 52 years old post menapausal. I'm thinking about using estrogen suppositories. Are they safe to use?

I'm 52 years old post menapausal. I'm thinking about using estrogen suppositories. Are they safe to use?

Absolutely, if...: Estrogen suppository use is absolutely an appropriate way to help resolve vaginal lubricity problems and thinning epithelium with pain during intercourse. First, your MD must be certain that you do not have any estrogen dependent cancers which include breast, vaginal or cervical by examination and testing. ...Read more

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How do you use preparation h suppositories? Do you take it out or leave it in? Does it hurt? Please help!

How do you use preparation h suppositories? Do you take it out or leave it in? Does it hurt? Please help!

See below: Suppository is designed to slide into anus (pointy end first). Have a high oil content so slide easily. Designed to dissolve to deliver medication (prep h-decreases swelling of hemorrhoids). Yes, leave it in-it dissolves. Shouldn't hurt but if youre tense, it can feel tight. Try some deep breaths & inserting it as you exhale. Can wear a glove or wash hands after. Ick factor is the worst part. ...Read more

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Unlike the like fds's, do deodorant suppositories like Norform's throw off a woman's Ph balance? Are they safe to use?

Unlike the like fds's, do deodorant suppositories like Norform's throw off a woman's Ph balance? Are they safe to use?

No need.: They can all affect pH. All can possible cause irritation. IF you have an odor that does not go away with daily bathing, then you need to be checked for infection. Vaginal deodorizers & douches, are a big waste of money & can cause increased production of discharge. The body knows how to make enough normal discharge, & if good hygiene is followed, in cleaning, and with safe sex, neither is needed ...Read more

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