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How do you insert a rectal suppository?

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  • To put in a rectal suppository: Go to the bathroom first to try to empty your colon.
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water.
  • Unwrap the suppository.
  • Rub a water-based lubricant over the tip or dip it in water. It will help you slide it in smoothly.
  • Get in a comfortable position. You can stand with one leg up on a chair or lie on your side with one leg straight and the other bent in toward your stomach.
  • Gently spread your buttocks open.
  • Carefully push the suppository, tapered end first, about 1 inch into your bottom.
  • Close your legs and sit or lie still for about 15 minutes to let it dissolve.
  • Wash your hands again with warm water and soap.

SOURCES:

Hanan, Z. , 2014. Pharmacy Practice for Technicians

Karimi, R. , 2014. Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences with Patient Care Correlations

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. , 2008. Perfecting Clinical Procedures

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Intraurethral Agents."

MUSE: "How to Use MUSE."

Troy, D. , 2006. Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy: "Preparation of Suppositories."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on December 15, 2017

SOURCES:

Hanan, Z. , 2014. Pharmacy Practice for Technicians

Karimi, R. , 2014. Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences with Patient Care Correlations

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. , 2008. Perfecting Clinical Procedures

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Intraurethral Agents."

MUSE: "How to Use MUSE."

Troy, D. , 2006. Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy

UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy: "Preparation of Suppositories."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on December 15, 2017

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