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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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Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if i don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if i don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Yes: If you have Insulin resistance or even diabetes metformin is fine to take. Some people have lost weight on metformin, perhaps due to GI side effects. I haven't heard that it can interfere with diet pills but those can be dangerous on their own. ...Read more

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Are OTC hemmorhoidal suppositories regarded as being effective?

Are OTC hemmorhoidal suppositories regarded as being effective?

Hemorrhoids: Over the counter medications will only contain witch hazel. This herb is for anti-itch or soothing. They do not help one heal from hemorrhoids. If you are not healing well on your own you may need prescription steroids to shrink them down. ...Read more

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Is there a good OTC suppository i can give my 7 year old? He can't keep anything down.

Is there a good OTC suppository i can give  my 7 year old?  He can't keep anything down.

Not really: The only nonprescription nausea meds available can cause more side effects in kids. The best nausea med for kids is ondansetron, a prescription that dissolves under the tongue with only very rare side effects. Most kids will stop vomiting if they are given just a couple ounces of clear fluid every 20-30 minutes. No food until vomiting stops for at least 8-12 hours. If not working seek urgent care. ...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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Are hydrocortisone suppositories any help for external hemorrhoids? Any OTC products that help?

Are hydrocortisone suppositories any help for external hemorrhoids?  Any OTC products that help?

Depends: For mild case, Prep H ( at least at one time the most shoplifted item) may work . See your doctor if there the problem persists since not all hemorrhoids are created equal. Be sure to eat enough fiber in the diet to avoid constipation- a risk factor for hemorrhoids. ...Read more