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How to Use Rectal Suppositories Properly

1Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
2 If the suppository is soft, hold it under cool water or place it in a refrigerator for a few minutes to harden it before removing the wrapper. If the suppository is soft, hold it under cool water or place it in a refrigerator for a few minutes to harden it before removing the wrapper.
3Remove the wrapper, if present. Remove the wrapper, if present.
4 If you were told to use half of the suppository, cut it lengthwise with a clean, single-edge razor blade.
5 Put on a finger cot or disposable glove, if desired (available at a pharmacy).
6 Lubricate the suppository tip with a water-soluble lubricant such as K-Y Jelly, not petroleum jelly (Vaseline). If you do not have this lubricant, moisten your rectal area with cool tap water. Lubricate the suppository tip with a water-soluble lubricant such as K-Y Jelly, not petroleum jelly (Vaseline).

7 Lie on your side with your lower leg straightened out and your upper leg bent forward toward your stomach.

Lie on your side with your lower leg straightened out and your upper leg bent forward toward your stomach.

8 Lift upper buttock to expose the rectal area. Lift upper buttock to expose the rectal area.
9 Insert the suppository, pointed end first, with your finger until it passes the muscular sphincter of the rectum, about 1/2 to 1 inch in infants and 1 inch in adults. (If not inserted past this sphincter, the suppository may pop out.) Insert the suppository, pointed end first, with your finger until it passes the muscular sphincter of the rectum, about 1/2 to 1 inch in infants and 1 inch in adults.
10    Hold buttocks together for a few seconds.

11    Remain lying down for about 5 minutes to avoid having the suppository come out.

Remain lying down for about 5 minutes to avoid having the suppository come out.

12    Discard used materials and wash your hands    thoroughly. Discard used materials and wash your hands thoroughly.

 

Remember

  • Follow directions carefully
  • Do not miss doses
  • Store suppositories in a cool place and avoid melting; refrigerate them if so labeled
  • Store medications out of reach of children

 

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