How to use a suppository

  • Empty the bowels before if possible
  • Wash hands with soap and water
  • You could lie on one side with your knees pulled up towards the chest or you could squat
  • Gently but firmly, insert the tapered end of the suppository first into the rectum using your finger. Push the suppository as far back as possible and clench buttocks if necessary.
  • Maintain position for a few minutes
  • Avoid emptying bowels for at least an hour (unless suppository is a laxative)
  • Wash hands

Always read drug labels for more on how to take your medicines safely.

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