Generic Name: glycerin (rectal) (GLISS er in)Brand Names: Colace Glycerin Suppositories, Fleet Babylax, Fleet Glycerin Suppositories Adult, Fleet Glycerin Suppositories Pediatric, Glycerin Suppositories Maximum Strength, Pedia-Lax Liquid, Sani-Supp
Glycerin rectal is used as a laxative. It works by causing the intestines to hold more water, which softens the stool.
Glycerin rectal is used to treat constipation or to cleanse the bowel before a rectal exam or other intestinal procedure.
Glycerin rectal may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Before using glycerin rectal, tell your doctor if you have nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, rectal bleeding, a change in bowel habits that has lasted for 2 weeks or longer, toxic megacolon, or if you have used another laxative for longer than 1 week.Do not take glycerin rectal by mouth. It is for use only in your rectum. Call your doctor if this medication does not cause you to have a bowel movement within 1 hour after use. Do not use glycerin rectal more than once in a 24-hour period. Do not use other laxatives in combination with glycerin rectal unless your doctor has told you to. Stop using glycerin rectal and call your doctor at once if you have severe stomach pain or cramping, bloody diarrhea, or severe rectal pain, bleeding, or irritation.
If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication. Before using glycerin rectal, tell your doctor if you have:
nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain;
a change in bowel habits that has lasted for 2 weeks or longer;
ulcerative colitis, toxic megacolon; or
if you have used another laxative for longer than 1 week.
Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.Do not use glycerin rectal more than once in a 24-hour period.
This medication comes with patient instructions for using either the rectal suppository or the rectal enema. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Try to empty your bowel and bladder just before using the glycerin suppository or enema.
Remove the outer wrapper from the rectal suppository before inserting it. Avoid handling the suppository too long or it will melt in your hands.
You may wet the suppository first with a small amount of water to make it easier to insert. Gently insert the suppository into the rectum, pointed tip first. The suppository will begin to melt once inserted and you should feel little or no discomfort while holding it in.
You should have a bowel movement within 15 to 60 minutes after using the suppository.
To use the rectal enema or liquid suppository, remove the protective cap and gently insert the tip of the applicator or bulb syringe into the rectum. Do not force the applicator into the rectum or injury could result. Slowly squeeze the bottle to place the medicine into the rectum. You do not need to empty the bottle completely and there may be a small amount of liquid left in the bottle after use.
For best results after using glycerin rectal, stay lying down until you feel the urge to have a bowel movement.Call your doctor if this medication does not cause you to have a bowel movement within 1 hour after use. Store the rectal enema at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Store the rectal suppositories at cool room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not refrigerate them unless directed on the medicine label.
Since this medication is usually given only once as needed, you will not be on a dosing schedule. Do not use glycerin rectal more than once in a 24-hour period.
If you use glycerin rectal as directed on the medicine label, an overdose is not likely to occur.
severe stomach pain or cramping
bloody diarrhea; or
severe rectal pain, bleeding, or irritation.
Less serious side effects may include:
nausea or stomach discomfort; or
mild rectal pain or burning.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
There may be other drugs that can interact with glycerin rectal. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.