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What’s a suppository? A suppository is an over-the-counter medication that can help relieve constipation. These are usually glycerin suppositories, but can also contain other medications.

How to use a suppository

Before using a suppository, you should wash your hands with soap and water or a hand sanitizer. Then, dry them well with a clean towel.

You should use the suppository at least once each day until you get relief from your symptoms. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

How to insert a suppository

The best way to insert a rectal suppository is to lay on your side and bend your knees toward your chest. If you find this difficult, ask a caregiver or partner for help.

To avoid leakage, you can dip the end of the suppository into a small amount of water before you insert it. Or, you can place it in the refrigerator for a few minutes.

How to remove a suppository

You can either take the suppository out of its plastic wrapping or peel off the top and bottom flaps to reveal it. If the suppository is soft, you may need to squeeze it to harden it.

Alternatively, you can run it under cold water or place it in the refrigerator for a few seconds.

How to store a suppository

Suppositories should be stored in a cool, dark place. If you forget to do this, they will melt and could leak out of the rectum. If this happens, the suppository can stain your underwear.

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