Generic Name: glycerin (GLIS-er-in)
Brand Name: Examples include Colace Pediatric and Sani-Supp
Glycerin suppositories are used for:
Relieving occasional constipation. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Glycerin suppositories are 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 suppositories if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in glycerin suppositories
- 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.
Before using glycerin suppositories:
Some medical conditions may interact with glycerin suppositories. 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 suppositories. However, no specific interactions with glycerin suppositories 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 suppositories 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 suppositories:
Use glycerin suppositories as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Wash your hands before and after using glycerin suppositories.
- If the suppository is too soft to use, put it in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes or run cold water over it. Then remove the wrapper and moisten the suppository with cool water. Lie down on your side. Insert the pointed end of the suppository into the rectum, then use your finger to push it in completely.
- If you miss a dose of glycerin suppositories, 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 suppositories.
Important safety information:
- Glycerin suppositories are for rectal use only.
- Do not use glycerin suppositories for longer than 1 week without checking with your doctor.
- Do not take glycerin suppositories 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 suppositories, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using glycerin suppositories during pregnancy. It is unknown if glycerin suppositories are excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using glycerin suppositories, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of glycerin suppositories:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Anal irritation; burning sensation; diarrhea; gas; nausea; stomach cramps.
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 suppositories:
Store glycerin suppositories 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 suppositories out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about glycerin suppositories, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Glycerin suppositories are 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 suppositories 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 suppositories. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to glycerin suppositories. 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 suppositories.
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.
More about glycerin
- Other brands: Fleet Glycerin Suppositories Adult, Pedia-Lax Liquid Glycerin Suppositories, Sani-Supp, Fleet Glycerin Suppositories Pediatric