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When do you need to use a suppository?

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You might need a suppository if:

  • The drug you’re taking would break down too quickly in your digestive tract if you took it as a pill or liquid.
  • You can’t swallow medicine.
  • You’re vomiting and can't keep pills or liquids down.
  • The medicine tastes too bad to take by mouth.

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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