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- What is glycerin suppository? What is glycerin used for?
- What are the side effects of glycerin suppository?
- What is the dosage for glycerin suppository?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with glycerin suppository?
- Is glycerin suppository safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about glycerin suppository?
What is glycerin suppository? What is glycerin used for?
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.
What brand names are available for glycerin suppository?
Fleet Suppository, Pedia-Lax Suppository, Colace Suppository
Is glycerin suppository available as a generic drug?
Do I need a prescription for glycerin suppository?
What is the dosage for glycerin suppository?
- 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.
Which drugs or supplements interact with glycerin suppository?
No drug interactions have been established with glycerin rectal suppositories.
Is glycerin suppository safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies done on glycerin rectal suppositories to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women.
What else should I know about glycerin suppository?
What preparations of glycerin suppository are available?
- 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.
How should I keep glycerin suppository stored?
Store glycerin suppositories between temperatures 15 C and 30 C (59 F and 86 F).
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Glycerin (Fleet Suppository, Pedia-Lax Suppository, Colace Suppository) is an over-the-counter product used to relieve occasional constipation. Side effects, drug interactions, dosage, and storage should be reviewed prior to using this medication.
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Laxatives for Constipation
Laxatives types for treatment of constipation include over-the-counter (OTC) preparations, for example, bulk-forming laxatives, stool softeners, lubricant laxatives, stimulant or saline laxatives, enemas, and suppositories. Some OTC laxatives are not recommended for people with specific diseases or conditions (for example, people with diabetes). Some laxatives may have negative side effects if taken over a long time. Laxatives are not recommended for weight loss.
Constipation is defined medically as fewer than three stools per week and severe constipation as less than one stool per week. Constipation usually is caused by the slow movement of stool through the colon. There are many causes of constipation including medications, poor bowel habits, low fiber diets, laxative abuse, and hormonal disorders, and diseases primarily of other parts of the body that also affect the colon.
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