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D02951

Glycerol 4g Suppositories
Glycerol
Read all of this leaflet carefully before
you start using this medicine because it
contains important information for you.
Always use this medicine exactly as described
in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist
have told you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it
again.
• Ask your pharmacist if you need more
information or advice.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your
doctor or pharmacist. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
See section 4.

What is in this leaflet
1. What Glycerol Suppositories are and what
they are used for
2. What you need to know before you use
Glycerol Suppositories
3. How to use Glycerol Suppositories
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Glycerol Suppositories
6. Contents of the pack and other information

1. What Glycerol Suppositories are
and what they are used for
Glycerol belongs to a group of medicines
called laxatives. A laxative is a medicine
which is used for the occasional treatment of
constipation.
Glycerol Suppositories act as a stimulant
laxative for short term treatment of
constipation and for emptying the bowels

2. What you need to know before
you use Glycerol Suppositories
Do not use Glycerol Suppositories if:
• you suffer from a blocked bowel or an
abdominal problem for which you have not
obtained a medical opinion
• you are allergic (hypersensitive) to glycerol or
any of the other ingredients of this medicine
(listed in section 6).
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using
Glycerol Suppositories
If you are diabetic you should speak to your
doctor before using Glycerol Suppositories as
they may interfere with levels of sugar in your
body.

It is not recommended that you use Glycerol
Suppositories for long periods of time.
If you need laxatives every day you should see
your doctor.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think
you may be pregnant or are planning to have a
baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice
before using this medicine.
Glycerol Suppositories should be avoided in
the first three months of pregnancy. Glycerol
Suppositories can be used during
breastfeeding.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice
before taking any medication.

3. How to use Glycerol
Suppositories
Always use this medicine exactly as described
in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist
has told you. Check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
1. Wash hands before opening individual
packaging. If the suppository is too soft, it
may be chilled in the refrigerator or under
cold running water before unwrapping
2. To remove a suppository,
tear one from the strip along
the perforations then peel
it from the plastic wrapping
by grasping the two halves
of the wrapping at the tip
of the suppository and
pulling them gently apart. The tip should
be moistened with a little cold water to aid
insertion.
3. Lie on your left side (if you are right handed)
and draw your knees up towards your chest,
with the right leg drawn up more than the
left.
4. Using your index finger or middle finger,
whichever you find easier, gently push
the suppository into the rectum. The
suppository is shaped for rectal insertion,
ensure the tip of the suppository is inserted
first.
5. The suppository should be inserted as
far as possible, pushing the end of the
suppository sideways to ensure contact with
the wall of the bowel.

6. Lower your legs to a comfortable position to
help you to hold the suppository in place.
7. Retain the suppository in place for at least
15 to 20 minutes if possible. If you feel the
suppository must come out immediately, it
has not been inserted high enough.
8. You may feel an immediate urge to go to the
toilet. Try to ignore this as the suppository
will not work for at least 15 minutes.
Glycerol Suppositories should not be
swallowed
Adults including the elderly
One 4g suppository
As with all laxatives, the suppositories should
not be used on a continuous daily basis for
long periods. If you need laxatives every day
you should see your doctor.
If Glycerol Suppositories are swallowed
If you suspect someone may have swallowed
Glycerol Suppositories contact your doctor or
pharmacist taking this leaflet with you.

4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
If any of the following symptoms occur contact
your doctor or pharmacist immediately. These
are symptoms of a serious allergic reaction.
• sudden wheeziness and tightness of chest
• swelling of eyelids, face or lips
• skin lumps or hives
• skin rash (red spots), itchiness, fever
• collapse
Other side effects that may occur include:
• abdominal cramps
• irritation in or around the rectum (back
passage)
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor
or pharmacist. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
report side effects directly via
Yellow Card Scheme
Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard

5. How to store Glycerol
Suppositories
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach
of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date
which is stated on the carton after EXP. The
expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Store in a dry place below 25°C.
Do not throw away any medicines via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to throw away medicines
you no longer use. These measures will help
protect the environment.

6. Contents of the pack and other
information
What Glycerol Suppositories contain
• The active substance is glycerol
• The other ingredients are gelatin and
purified water.
What Glycerol Suppositories look like and
contents of the pack
Gycerol Suppositories are amber torpedo
shaped suppositories. Each pack contains 12 x
4g suppositories.
Each 4g suppository contains 2800mg glycerol
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Martindale Pharmaceuticals,
Bampton Road, Harold Hill,
Romford, RM3 8UG, United Kingdom
Manufacturer
Ricesteele Manufacturing Limited,
Cookstown Industrial Estate,
Tallaght, Dublin 24, Ireland
This leaflet was last revised in November
2014.
Other sources of information
If you would like any more information, or
would like the leaflet in a different format,
please contact Medical Information at the
above address.

By reporting side effects you can help provide
more information on the safety of this
medicine.

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