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What is a suppository and how does it work?

A suppository is another way to deliver a drug. It’s a small, round or cone-shaped object that you put in your body, often into your bottom. Once it’s inside, it melts or dissolves and releases its medication. Suppositories may not be the most pleasant product you’ll ever use.

What is best way to insert a suppository? Inserting the suppository Get into position. You can stand with one foot up on a chair. Share on Pinterest Relax your buttocks to make it easier to insert the suppository. Insert the suppository into the rectum, narrow end first. Gently but firmly, push the suppository past the sphincter. The sphincter is the muscular opening of the rectum.

How often can you use a suppository? Suppositories are usually taken after each bowel movement or, up to 6 times daily. However, to make this medication provide optimal results, you will need to pair it with proper diet, take regular exercise, and eat fiber rich foods and drink 6-8 glasses of water daily.

How long do you keep a suppository in? Remove the suppository from the plastic wrapping and insert the suppository, pointed end first, into the rectum. For best results, you should lie down for 15 to 20 minutes and try to retain the suppository for as long as you can.

How quickly do suppositories work? Depending on the active ingredient, suppositories can work to either soften the stool or to stimulate the muscles of your bowels in order to better ease movement of stool. Suppositories work the fastest, within 15 to 30 minutes.

How far to insert a rectal suppository?

How far to insert a rectal suppository? For an adult, aim to push the suppository at least 1 inch into the rectum. For children, aim to push the suppository at least ½ to 1 inch into the rectum. If you have not inserted the suppository far enough (past the sphincter), it will likely be pushed right back out of the rectum.

How long to hold suppository? Hold the butt cheeks closed for about 10 minutes. To ensure the suppository doesn’t slip out, gently press the person’s butt cheeks together. The person’s body heat will eventually melt the suppository, allowing it to take effect.

How do laxative suppositories work? Laxative suppositories typically contain a prescription or over-the-counter medication that stimulates the movement of the bowels, makes the stool softer, or lubricates the anus to make it easier for a person to push a firm stool out. Some of these medications work within about a half hour…