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How to Use Suppositories


  1. If neccessary, go to the toilet and empty your bowels if you can.

  2. Wash your hands.

  3. Remove any foil or plastic wrapping from the suppository.

  4. Either squat, or lie on your side with one leg straight and the other leg bent.

  5. Gently but firmly push the suppository, tapered end first, into the rectum (back passage). Push far enough so that it does not slip out.

  6. Close your legs and sit still for a few minutes. Avoid emptying the bowels for at least one hour (unless the suppository is a laxative).

  7. Wash your hands again.

[Diagram of a Patient using a Suppository]


Keep your suppositories in a cool, dark place (not a refrigerator). If they get too warm, they may melt and you will not be able to use them. Some suppositories may stain clothing.


  • If you have any questions about your suppositories or any other medicines, your pharmacist can help.

  • ASK YOUR PHARMACIST. YOU'LL BE TAKING GOOD ADVICE.

  • KEEP ALL MEDICINES OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN


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