Suppositories are bullet or torpedo shaped medical delivery system that melts after insertion into the rectum. Rectal suppositories are prescribed when patients have a hard time taking medicines orally because of vomiting. While some prescriptions are done for a faster delivery of the medicine into the patients body.
It is no secret though that adult suppository is commonly used for relief on constipation or as a treatment for anal inflammation. However not everybody should just go and grab a suppository when they feel like they are constipated.
Here are some precautions in using adult suppositories:
- Rectal suppositories must not be given to patient with cardiac history such as arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat, e.g bradycardia and tachycardia) or has been recently suffers from heart attack. The insertion of rectal suppository causes a vague nerve response to arrhythmia or bradycardia.
- Rectal suppository also is not administered to patient who is under the influence of alcohol. The alcohol components such as the hydroxyl and carbon, will react in the body, this is noted to patient who has tachycardia.
- A suppository also not advice if the patient is suffering from abdominal pain because the rapid peristaltic movement of the colon can sometimes cause appendicitis.
If you are sure you are not part of the above mentioned precautions, then here are a few reminders in using adult rectal suppositories.
Using of rectal prescription is done only after you have position the patient correctly. Side lying is the most comfortable position in inserting rectal suppository.
Here are several types of positions in inserting a rectal suppository:
- Lying on your left side. Bend your right leg near your chest
- Knee chest. Keep your head down and anus up in the air.
- Lie on your back. Bent your knees and keep them apart
- Over the knee. This position is best suited to children. On your knee, let the child lie across your lap placing the child’s stomach between your legs.
Rectal suppositories act as a laxative. If you are constipated, you would perhaps take a suppository for easier bowel movement. After the suppository is inserted in about 15 minutes, feces are excreted out of the colon.
However, do not make it a habit to use rectal suppositories when constipated. There are other remedies to constipation. SUPPOSITORY FOR ADULT