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Buy Glycerin Suppositories Online For Constipation

Glycerin suppositories are a hyperosmotic laxative, used for relieving mild to moderate constipation and for help in emptying the bowels. This treatment works quickly for occasional constipation.

They are for rectal use only, meaning that they are inserted directly into the back passage.

Can I buy Glycerin Suppositories over the counter?

Glycerin Suppositories are available to buy over the counter without the need of a prescription.

We understand that not everybody can visit their pharmacy in person to buy Glycerin Suppositories. With Prescription Doctor, you can buy Glycerin Suppositories online. All items bought through our online service are dispatched from a UK-registered pharmacy via a fast and discreet courier service.


How Do Glycerin Suppositories Work?

Glycerin suppositories contain the active ingredient glycerol.

Glycerol belongs to a group of medicines called hyperosmotic laxatives. A laxative is a medicine, which is used to relieve constipation and make the passage of stools easier.

Glycerol is a mild irritant and works by increasing the frequency of bowel movements by stimulating the bowel muscles to contract. These contractions encourage the stools to move along and aid in passing them out without causing you to strain.

Glycerin suppositories are inserted rectally and work by melting inside the back passage, which helps to lubricate and soften faecal matter. Medication taken rectally tends to work faster because the suppository melts inside the body and is absorbed directly into the bloodstream.

How long do Glycerin Suppositories take to work?

Glycerin Suppositories typically start to work within 15 minutes of inserting them.

If you do not pass a stool, do not insert another suppository.

If your symptoms persist, speak to your doctor for advice.


How Do I Use Glycerin Suppositories?

You only need to use one suppository at a time. Initially, it is best to try taking it first thing in the morning, as it is often most successful, as this is a time when the urge to empty your bowel may be strongest.

When taking Glycerin suppositories always read and follow all directions on the product package or use as directed by your doctor. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Generally, the following steps are advised when taking a suppository for constipation.

  1. Wash your hands before opening the packet.
  2. Remove the suppository from the protective film by tearing the strip or cutting around the suppository.
  3. Lubricate the suppository with water.
  4. Lie on your left side with the right knee slightly bent (or vice versa, depending on which side is more comfortable for you.) Using your finger, gently insert the suppository into the rectum, with the pointed end going in first. The suppository should be inserted as far as possible to ensure contact with the wall of the bowel.
  5. Lower your legs to a comfortable position to help you keep hold of the suppository in place. 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.
  6. Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly after each bowel movement.

After taking the Glycerin suppositories, the whole suppository doesn’t need to melt to work. If however, you have an urge to go as soon as you have inserted the suppository, it is worth waiting for a little longer as you may have better results.

You may only need to use Glycerin suppositories for constipation for a few weeks to establish a regular bowel routine. However, for some people, suppositories may be needed on a longer-term basis. Your doctor will advise you on how long you need to take Glycerin suppositories according to your individual needs.

Do not swallow Glycerin Suppositories. If you or someone else accidentally swallows a Glycerin Suppository, seek immediate medical attention by going straight to your nearest accident and emergency department. Remember to take the packaging and any remaining medicine with you so that doctors treating you know exactly what you took.

What should I do if I forget to take Glycerin suppositories when I should?

If you forget to insert a Glycerin suppository when you should, use one as soon as you remember. Do not use more than one suppository to make up for a missed dose.

What should I do if I take too much Glycerin suppositories?

If you use more than one Glycerin suppository, speak to your doctor immediately.


Side Effects Of Glycerin Suppositories

Before you use Glycerin Suppositories, you must read the enclosed patient information leaflet. This leaflet contains instructions on how to use and store Glycerin Suppositories, as well as important information regarding the safety of the product.

You can read the patient information leaflet for Glycerin Suppositories online.

Side effects

All medicines have the potential to cause side effects, though not everybody experiences them. Understanding the risks associated with your medicine is important to your health.

Side effects of Glycerol Suppositories may include:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Bowel irritation

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. A full list of side effects can be found in the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medicine.

If you experience any side effects, regardless of whether they are listed above or in the patient information leaflet, stop using Glycerin Suppositories and tell your doctor or pharmacist.

Allergies

Do not use Glycerin Suppositories if you are allergic to glycerin, gelatin, or any of its other ingredients.

A full list of ingredients can be found in the patient information leaflet.

If you experience an allergic reaction after using Glycerin Suppositories, stop using them and seek immediate medical attention by going straight to your nearest accident and emergency department. Remember to take the packaging and any remaining medicine with you so that doctors know exactly how to treat you.

Signs of an allergic reaction may include:

  • Chest tightening
  • Dry, red and cracked skin
  • Itchy, red watery eyes
  • Raised, itchy, red rash (hives)
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, eyes or face
  • Tummy pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Wheezing

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using Glycerin Suppositories if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Glycerin Suppositories should not be used in pregnancy unless your doctor has told you to do so.

Other safety information

If you have any questions about Glycerin Suppositories or your condition, you can send a message to one of our online doctors by going to “My account” and then “My chats”.

Always read the patient information leaflet before using Glycerin Suppositories.

Important: While taking any laxative, you must keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

Do not use Glycerin Suppositories past the expiry date printed on the packaging.

Do not store Glycerin Suppositories above 25°C. Store them in the original packaging in a cool, dry place.

Never throw medicines away via household or water waste as this can harm the environment. You should take any unwanted or expired medicine to your local pharmacy and ask them to dispose of them safely on your behalf.

Always keep medicines out of sight and reach from children and pets.

Never share your medicine with anybody else, even if they are experiencing the same symptoms or have been diagnosed with the same condition as you.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I drink alcohol while taking Glycerin suppositories?

While treating constipation, it is best to avoid alcohol in general as it can worsen your symptoms.

Will Glycerin suppositories impact my ability to drive or operate machinery?

Glycerin suppositories should not affect your ability to drive or operate machinery.

How long do Glycerin suppositories take to work?

Glycerin suppositories usually start working after 15 minutes of taking one.

How many Glycerin suppositories can I use a day?

You should use 1 Glycerin suppository a day. If this is not enough, you can increase the dose to 2 Glycerin suppositories a day but always check with your doctor before adjusting your dose.

Can I buy Glycerin Suppositories from Boots?

Glycerin Suppositories are available without a prescription from most pharmacies and some supermarkets.

You can also buy Glycerin Suppositories online from Prescription Doctor. Our online service makes it quick and simple to buy Glycerin Suppositories from our UK-based pharmacy. If your order is approved before 3 pm on a weekday, our pharmacy can dispatch your item the same day for a delivery for the next day.

Will Glycerin Suppositories help me to lose weight?

No. Glycerin Suppositories will not help you lose weight. Misusing or overusing laxatives can pose a serious threat to your health, including dehydration, nerve damage, chronic constipation and, in rare cases, damage to the liver.

If you are looking to lose weight, we offer a range of weight loss aids.


Table of contents

Buy Glycerin Suppositories Online For Constipation

How Do Glycerin Suppositories Work?

How Do I Use Glycerin Suppositories?

Side Effects Of Glycerin Suppositories

Frequently Asked Questions

Sources

Thornton & Ross Ltd, 2015. Glycerin Suppositories BP 4g Adult Size

NHS, 2020. Constipation.

Treatment information

  • Product Name: Glycerin Suppositories
  • Manufacturer: Thornton & Ross Ltd
  • Active Ingredient(s): Glycerol
  • Administration: Rectal
  • Presentation: Suppositories
  • Available Strength: 4g
  • Exemption: General Sales License
  • Dosage: Use 1 glycerin suppository in the morning
  • Description: Glycerin Suppositories are a laxative for relieving constipation.
  • Drug Class: Laxative
  • Alcohol Consumption: Avoid or limit alcohol while treating constipation.
  • When Pregnant: Do not use Glycerin Suppositories if you are pregnant. Speak to your doctor for further advice.
  • When Breastfeeding: Speak to your doctor before using Glycerin if you are breastfeeding.
Click here to view the Glycerin Suppositories - Patient Information Leaflet

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