Suppositories are normally smooth, bullet shaped pills made of a substance that becomes liquid or dissolves when exposed to the internal temperature and environment of the rec…tum and colon. They are used as a drug delivery system for systemically or locally acting medications..
A suppository may be employed when the drug being delivered has the tendency to cause stomach upset (such as Voltaren), or if the patient is experiencing intractible vomiting..
The suppository is deployed by gently pushing it through the anus, into the rectum. This may be facilitated by using an exam glove or finger cot. Extra lubrication is rarely needed due to the nature of the medium used, but if needed, it should be water-soluble. (MORE)
In 1991, Abd-El-Maeboud and his colleagues published a study in The Lancet , based upon their investigation into whether there was some hidden and forgotten knowledge behind …the traditional shape of a rectal suppository. Their research very clearly demonstrated that there was, indeed, a very good reason for the traditional torpedo shape; namely, that the shape had a strong influence on the extent to which the rectal suppository traveled internally - and, thus, upon its increased efficiency. They (counter-intuitively) found that the ideal mode of insertion was to insert suppositories blunt end first, rather than the generally used mode of inserting the tapered end first. This conclusion was based on the greater distance of internal travel of the suppository once inserted, which was entirely a mechanical consequence of the natural actions of the bowel's muscular structure and the rectal configuration. As a consequence, and in order to guarantee the maximum optimal efficiency, they recommended that all rectal suppositories be inserted blunt end first. The findings of this single study have been challenged as insufficient evidence on which to base clinical practice (MORE)
\nI'm a pharmacist so I counsel people about this. \n.
\nSuppositiries are chosen as the way to give medicine instead of a pill in a few situations. \n.
\nOne is when you …have an infection in the vagina (women) such as yeast and the medicine needs to go straight to the place where the infection is. \n.
\nTwo, you have an problem in your anus (butthole) such as pain from a hemmorhoid or a problem like inflammation from colitis. \n.
\n3. You are throwing up and cant keep a pill down so the only other way for a nausea medicine to get in you in thru absorbing it into your body from your anus (Rectum) (butthole).\n(Sorry to have to say 'butthole' but some people may not know the word anus and I wanted to be clear!)\n.
\n4. You are very sick and need strong pain medicine like narotics and you are so sick that you cant swallow.\n.
\n5. SOme adults use suppositories when they have a hard time pooping to loosen or stimulate the poop so it can come out easier.\n.
\nThere may be other reasons but these are the main ones.\n.
\nSo here's what to do:\n1. Unwrap it if it is in a foil or other type wrapper\n.
\n2. There are usually 2 ends, one will be the end to insert, and will have a smooth curved bullet shape and the other end may be flat. Some have both ends smooth. The smooth end goes in first.\n.
\n3. Choose a private place to be when you insert it. Some prefer to lie in bed with one leg bent toward the chest. Some prefer to sit on the toilet\n.
\n3. Wet the suppositiry with warm water (get a cup and put it by the bed or whereever you choose to be when you put it in- dip it in- this will melt the wax it's made of and make it a bit slippery so if the hole its going in is dry, this will help..\n.
\n4. Aim the bullet shaped end towrd your body and feel or use a mirror to make sure you are putting the suppository in the right 'hole'--for women vagina is where a tampon goes, anus is where poop comes out. Girls have 2 holes (vagina and anus), men have one (anus). Get a mirror if there is any question.\n.
\n5. Gently push the suppository in the hole, you may need to relax a bit to get the muscles to relax and the suppository will slide right in. Once inside it will melt and the medicine can get to work. It should not 'pop out' but if it does, just reinsert.\n.
\n6. If you are really sick and have someone there who you are not embarrased to help you, another person can help put it in.\n.
\nHope this helps!\nYour friendly pharmacist\nAnderson SC (MORE)
Yes, often times when a baby is constipated, the health provider will advise you to insert an anal suppository to help relieve the constipation. In the case of newborns, the s…uppository is usually broken in half before insertion. Most suppositories safe for babies include glycerin. (MORE)
Suppositories are used when medication can't safely or effectively be delivered orally or injected. For example, a person with severe nausea can't swallow pills; they come ri…ght back. Instead the nausea medication is given as a suppository. Pain medication is sometimes delivered the same way, because many pain medications are extremely hard on the stomach and digestive tract. Suppositories are also used to rapidly clear the bowel. (MORE)