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How to use a suppository*

Wash your hands well with soap and water.
If the suppository feels too soft to insert, hold it under cool water (before removing the wrapper) to harden it.
Remove the plastic or foil wrapper completely.
If desired, use cool water or KY jelly (or another water-based lubricant) to lubricate the suppository tip and the rectum.
Lie on your side with the bottom leg straight and the upper leg bent up towards your chest. Gently push the suppository into the rectum, pointed end first. The suppository should be pushed past the muscular sphincter of the rectum (a few centimetres), so that it does not pop out. Close your legs and remain lying down for approximately 5 minutes. If the medication is for constipation, you should feel the urge for a bowel movement within about 15 to 60 minutes. If not, a suppository should be used at bedtime so that the medication is thoroughly absorbed. There may be some leakage in the morning.
Wash your hands well with soap and water.

*Many different medications come in suppository form. This information is intended to provide general instructions for the use of a suppository. Instructions may vary for different products. If these instructions are different from those given by your doctor or pharmacist, check with your doctor or pharmacist to confirm how you should be using the product. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for specific information about your particular medication.

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