GENERIC NAME: glycerin
BRAND NAME: Fleet Suppository, Pedia-Lax Suppository, Colace Suppository
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Glycerin suppositories are hyperosmotic laxatives. Glycerin suppositories work by increasing water volume in intestines and softening stool, causing the intestines to contract and produce bowel movements.
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
- Adult glycerin rectal suppositories are available in 2 gram strengths in packages of 12 suppositories.
- Pediatric glycerin rectal suppositories are available in 1 gram strengths in packages of 12 suppositories.
STORAGE: Store glycerin suppositories between temperatures 15 C and 30 C (59 F and 86 F).
PRESCRIBED FOR: Glycerin suppositories are used for occasional relief of constipation.
- Adults and children of age 6 and older: Insert one 2 g suppository rectally and retain for about 15 minutes or as directed by a doctor.
- Children of age 2 to under 6: Insert one 1 g suppository rectally, or as directed by doctor.
- Safe and effective use of glycerin rectal suppositories is not established for children under 2 years of age.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: No drug interactions have been established with glycerin rectal suppositories.
PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies done on glycerin rectal suppositories to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women.
NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether glycerin enters breast milk. It is most likely compatible with breastfeeding.
REFERENCE: NIH. ADULT GLYCERIN LAXATIVE - glycerin syppository.
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