Glycerin enema

Generic Name: glycerin (GLIS-er-in)
Brand Name: Fleet and Fleet Babylax

Glycerin enema is used for:

Relieving occasional constipation. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Glycerin enema is a hyperosmotic laxative. It works by irritating the lining of the intestine and increasing the amount of fluid, making it easier for stools to pass.

Do NOT use glycerin enema if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in glycerin enema
  • you have a blockage in your digestive system
  • you have undiagnosed abdominal pain

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using glycerin enema:

Some medical conditions may interact with glycerin enema. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if have appendicitis or rectal bleeding

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with glycerin enema. However, no specific interactions with glycerin enema are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if glycerin enema may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use glycerin enema:

Use glycerin enema as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Wash your hands before and after using glycerin enema.
  • Lie on left side with knee bent and arms resting comfortably. You may also kneel, then lower head and chest forward until left side of face is resting on surface with left arm folded comfortably.
  • Remove protective shield from enema tip.
  • Gently insert enema tip into rectum using steady pressure with a slight side-to-side movement, with tip pointing toward navel. Do not force the enema tip into rectum because this can cause injury. Insertion may be easier if you bear down as if having a bowel movement because this helps to relax the muscles around the anus.
  • Squeeze bottle until nearly all the liquid is gone. It is not necessary to empty the bottle completely because it contains more liquid than needed.
  • Remove enema from rectum and maintain position until the urge to evacuate the bowels is strong (5 to 20 minutes if possible).
  • If you miss a dose of glycerin enema, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses in the same day, unless directed otherwise by your doctor.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use glycerin enema.

Important safety information:

  • Glycerin enema is for rectal use only.
  • Do not use glycerin enema for longer than 1 week without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not take glycerin enema without talking to your doctor if you have had a sudden change in bowel movements lasting longer than 2 weeks or you are experiencing nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain.
  • Different products may have different dosing instructions for CHILDREN on the package labeling. Follow the dosing instructions provided on the package labeling or by your doctor. If you are unsure of what dose to give a child, check with your doctor.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking glycerin enema, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using glycerin enema during pregnancy. It is unknown if glycerin enema is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using glycerin enema, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of glycerin enema:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Anal irritation; burning sensation; diarrhea; gas; nausea; stomach cramps.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); rectal bleeding.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include diarrhea; stomach cramps.

Proper storage of glycerin enema:

Store glycerin enema at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep glycerin enema out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about glycerin enema, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Glycerin enema is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take glycerin enema or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about glycerin enema. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to glycerin enema. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using glycerin enema.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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