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How To Rectal Suppositories

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Rectal suppositories are a type of medication formulated for insertion into the rectum. Available in various shapes and sizes, they typically feature a tapered end for easier insertion. Once inside the body, the suppository dissolves, allowing for the absorption of the medication.

How To Insert Suppositories

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Step One: If needed, go to the bathroom to empty your bowels. If you are unsure, ask your doctor. 

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Step Two:  Wash your hands thoroughly with warm soapy water and dry them with a clean towel.

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Step Three: Before using your suppository, unwrap it and ensure it's sufficiently firm for insertion by softly pressing it between your fingers, taking care not to crush it. If it's too soft, you can firm it up by chilling it in the refrigerator for a short period.

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Step Four: Dip the tip in clean water if you are concerned that it will not insert smoothly.

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Step Five: To prepare for inserting a rectal suppository, take off your clothes to access the rectal area and find a position that feels comfortable. You can either elevate one foot on a chair or lie on your side on a bed, bending your upper leg toward your abdomen and keeping your lower leg straight. This posture aids in making the rectum more accessible. When assisting someone else with the suppository, the side-lying position is usually more suitable.

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Step Six: Gently insert the suppository with the narrow end leading, pushing it in about ½ to 1 inch using your finger. The process should be pain-free. In pediatric patients, the depth of insertion may vary and be less, depending on the child's size.

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Step Seven: Sit or lie still for about 10 to 15 minutes to allow the medicine to dissolve.

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Step Eight: There's a chance that a bit of the medication could seep out. If you're worried about this, placing a pad or a comparable absorbent material in your underwear can help manage any leakage.

Talk With Your Doctor Or Pharmacist

Inserting a rectal suppository is intended to be a simple and discomfort-free process. If you encounter any issues or have questions about proper insertion, please consult your doctor or pharmacist. Additionally, if you experience symptoms such as rectal bleeding, blistering, pain, burning, itching, or any new irritation that wasn't there before using the medication, it's important to contact your doctor.

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Quick Tips

  • Store suppositories in a cool location to prevent melting, and refrigerate if necessary. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if unsure about storage.

  • For hygienic insertion and to protect your fingers, use finger cots or gloves. These can be ordered with your prescription by calling the pharmacy.

  • Trimming and rounding your fingernails can help avoid scratches or cuts during insertion.

  • Unless the suppository is a laxative, avoid emptying your bowels and limit exercise or excessive movement for about an hour after insertion.

  • To facilitate insertion, avoid petroleum jelly as it may prevent the suppository from melting. Opt for a water-soluble lubricant instead.

  • Always keep medication out of children's reach.

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