A suppository is an effective way to deliver medications to the body when other routes, such as taking it by mouth, are not available. This is especially true for people who are unable to swallow a pill or who have problems keeping oral medication down, such as due to vomiting.
How long should you leave a suppository in before going to the bathroom?
The medication inside a suppository is often made from a substance such as cocoa butter or gelatin that melts at body temperature. This allows the medication to be delivered to the rectum, vagina or urethra and then absorbed into the bloodstream.
How long does it take for a suppository to dissolve? Suppositories come in different shapes and sizes, with the most common being narrower at one end. This makes them easier to insert, although it may be necessary to moisten the rounded end with water or rub a lubricant on it to make it slide in more easily.
How to insert a suppository
To use a suppository, place the pointed end at the entrance of your rectum and push it in with your finger. Try to keep it in for 15 to 20 minutes. If it comes out too quickly, you should push it in higher, or ask your doctor to help you find a better position.
How to insert a glycerin suppository
A glycerin suppository is a type of laxative. It draws water into your intestines to soften stools and stimulate the muscles that contract to expel them.
To use a suppository for constipation, remove your clothes and lie on your back with your knees slightly bent toward your chest or stand with your knees bent and feet about a foot apart. Carefully push the suppository, tapered end first, about 1 inch into your bottom. Moisten the tip of the suppository with a small amount of water or rub it with a water-based lubricant, such as K-Y Jelly to make it slide in smoothly.