What is the difference between glycerin suppository and dulcolax suppository?
You woke up, had your coffee and got ready for work. Just as you get into your car, suddenly, you feel a little bit off. That’s when it hits—you need to go. Now.
But what do you do? You don’t have time to use the washroom at home since that would make you extremely late for work. You think quickly and remember something called a suppository – two different types to be precise: glycerin and dulcolax suppositories! As much as those words sound like candy names (or they could be), choosing correctly can mean the difference between feeling better or prolonging an uncomfortable few hours.
So which choice is right for you? This article will help break down each one so that next time nature calls at an inconvenient hour–you’ll know just what to choose.
Definition of Glycerine Suppositories
Glycerine suppositories are rectal medications used mainly in children under 3 years of age who haven’t yet learned how to manage bowel movements on their own or adults with constipation problems(ironically) caused by things such as traveling or certain foods (like cheese pizza—it gets everyone every single time). These look like clear pellets but shaped as mini torpedoes instead(thanks technology!) that are inserted through the anus itself, where it begins melting immediately upon tissue contact resulting in moisture being added into the intestine area thus easing defecation(Don’t worry, we’ll explain everything shortly so stay tuned!).
Definition of Dulcolax Suppositories
Dulcolax suppositories come from a brand name medication named Bisacodyl and typically recommended for adult patients dealing with severe constipation regularly requiring quick relief – other examples include individuals prescribed narcotic pain relievers(they are known culprits!), seniors(increasing age = slower bowel movement), or even patients who had undergone surgery(in general anesthesia can stop everything down there unfortunately). It is inserted into the rectum and works by stimulating the lining of your intestines, decreasing water absorption and leading to a more effortless bowel movement.
Glycerine vs. Dulcolax Suppositories
Now that we know what each type of suppository treats let’s dive deeper!
A glycerine-based suppository only contains one thing: Glycerin (surprise!). Whereas dulcolax has an active ingredient named Bisacodyl that helps stimulate your colon walls to help move contents through ~~to use Michael Scott’s phrasing from ‘The Office’~~ (That’s what she said…??)
Glycerine typically takes around 15-20 minutes for it to work initially which means you’re not stuck waiting long before feeling relief(thank god!) but generally only effective once with additional applications required later down the line. However, bisacodyl usually begins working after about just 5-10 minutes where results can come quickly(something along the lines of a fireworks show IN YOUR ABDOMEN – Caution advised haha) reaching up to maximum effectiveness within hours-much longer than glycerine –which also makes it popular due in part to its opiate-induced constipation treatment functionality(one less headache as hey, why take two separate medications when ya’ll have come so far together? #partnershipgoals)
Like all medication-related treatments today both these alternatives do carry minimal risk associated(everything good does right?). With Gycerol suppositories possible side effects could be minor skin irritation near your anus area(yes-where they’re getting intimate). Biscodyl may raise concerns such as mild abdominal cramping(smoothies prep might get a bit weird no pun intended), diarrhea(wait, did you order two suppository types? Or was it just me?), dehydration and electrolyte imbalance (who knew miniature torpedos could unleash such chaos!)
Which Should I Use??
Just to summarize:
Glycerin suppositories are perfect for occasional constipation or children needing added help with bowel movements. Its easy-on approach make them a great go-to for those who want quick relief without having anything cause drastic urgency.
Dulcolax suppositories should be used when there is severe constipation from opiate use, traveling discomfort(some love wanderlust but their bowels seem to have other things in mind) , surgery recovery(weirdly enough-it does the magical work) while avoiding prolonged usage(defaulting helps only during extreme circumstances).
The truth is people’s bodies need different remedies at different times-just like figuring out whether dulce de leche or chocolate ice cream sounds better depending on your mood -it all comes down to what would feel most comfortable(rhyme unintended).
Next time nature calls will no longer leave much room for panic especially knowing how each type of medication can benefit any given scenario where relief always stands nearby –so let’s finally kiss stomach discomfort goodbye!