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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. , 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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