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What problems can you have from using suppositories?

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  • Suppositories are usually safe. That said, there can be some problems when you take medicine this way: Some of the medicine might leak back out.
  • Sometimes your body doesn’t absorb the drug as well as if you took it by mouth.
  • The medicine can irritate the spot where you put it in.

SOURCES:

Hanan, Z. Pharmacy Practice for Technicians, 2014.

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

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Perfecting Clinical Procedures, 2008.

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Intraurethral Agents."

MUSE: "How to Use MUSE."

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

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

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on December 11, 2019

SOURCES:

Hanan, Z. Pharmacy Practice for Technicians, 2014.

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

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Perfecting Clinical Procedures, 2008.

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Intraurethral Agents."

MUSE: "How to Use MUSE."

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

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

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on December 11, 2019

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