What is a suppository and why is it needed ?
Your health care provider has recommended that you use suppositories to help you have regular bowel movements. The following information explains the steps for giving a suppository. If you have questions about this information, talk to your health care provider.
The action of a suppository usually is more effective if the suppository is given after eating a meal. Drinking warm liquid with a meal also may help. Food and warm liquids stimulate the movement of the intestines (peristalsis), helping you to have a bowel movement.
Before giving a suppository, make sure your fingernails are no longer than the tips of your fingers. This helps prevent injuring the rectal wall.
Steps for giving a suppository
- Organize your supplies.
- Suppository, such as bisacodyl (Dulcolax™) suppository
- Water-based lubricant, such as KY™ Jelly
- Non-sterile gloves (Use non-latex if you are allergic to latex.)
- Toilet paper or small plastic bag
- Place the towel on the bed.
- Open the suppository package and the water-based lubricant.
- Lubricate the suppository with the lubricant.
- Remove clothing from the lower half of your body.
- Lie on your left side on the bed. This position helps the intestines empty.
- Put on the gloves.
- Lubricate one gloved finger.
- Gently insert lubricated finger into the rectum as far as the finger will go. Remove any stool and discard it in toilet paper or put it in a small plastic bag.
- Gently insert the suppository into the rectum as far as the finger will go. Place the suppository against the side of the rectal wall.
- Remain lying on the bed until you feel the need to have a bowel movement. This may take 15 to 60 minutes.
- Go to the toilet or use a commode and have the bowel movement.
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- Continue to do these steps every day(s) until you have bowel
movements on your own.
- If you have not had a bowel movement in day(s), call Midas
and ask to talk to your health care provider.
When you become comfortable with giving a suppository, you may find it easier to give yourself a suppository while seated on the toilet. However, if you have dizziness, unsteadiness when sitting, or a health condition that makes it unsafe for you to sit for several minutes (for example, weakness on one side of your body), give a suppository while lying down.
The following may help you have regular bowel movements.
- Drink at least eight, 8-ounce glasses of fluids (water, milk, juice, broth) daily.
- Eat a high-fiber diet, including whole grain breads and cereals, bran, vegetables and fruits.
- Be as active as possible.