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Glycerol 4g Suppositories

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Glycerol belongs to a group of medicines called laxatives. A laxative is a medicine which is used for the occasional treatment of constipation.

Glycerol Suppositories act as a stimulant laxative for short term treatment of constipation and for emptying the bowels

Always use this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

  1. 1. Wash hands before opening individual packaging. If the suppository is too soft, it may be chilled in the refrigerator or under cold running water before unwrapping

  2. 2. To remove a suppository,
    tear one from the strip along
    the perforations then peel
    it from the plastic wrapping
    by grasping the two halves
    of the wrapping at the tip
    of the suppository and
    pulling them gently apart. 

    The tip should be moistened with a little cold water to aid insertion.

  3. 3. Lie your child on their side and draw their knees up towards their chest.

  4. 4. Using your index finger or middle finger, whichever you find easier, gently push
    the suppository into the rectum. The suppository is shaped for rectal insertion, ensure the tip of the suppository is inserted first.

  5. 5. The suppository should be inserted as
    far as possible, pushing the end of the suppository sideways to ensure contact with the wall of the bowel.

    1. Lower their legs to a comfortable position to help hold the suppository in place.

    2. The suppository should be in place for at least 15 to 20 minutes if possible. If your child feels the suppository must come out immediately, it has not been inserted high enough.

    3. Your child may feel an immediate urge to go to the toilet. Encourage them to try to ignore this as the suppository will not work for at least 15 minutes.

The active substance is glycerol
The other ingredients are gelatin and 
purified water.

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

If any of the following symptoms occur contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately. These are symptoms of a serious allergic reaction.

sudden wheeziness and tightness of chest swelling of eyelids, face or lips
skin limps or hives
skin rash (red spots), itchiness, fever


Other side effects that may occur include: abdominal cramps
irritation in or around the rectum (back