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

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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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

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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more