Glycerin Suppositories

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Glycerin Suppositories

Generic Name: Glycerin Suppositories (GLIS-er-in)
Brand Name: Examples include Colace Pediatric and Sani-Supp

Glycerin Suppositories is used for:

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

Glycerin Suppositories 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 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 is 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 is 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:

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 or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at

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.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Glycerin Suppositories, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Glycerin Suppositories 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.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Glycerin Suppositories. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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