COVID-19 vaccines: Get the latest information here. Please do not call our clinics or hospitals with questions. 

Using a Suppository

How to use a suppository
  • Always wash your hands and use gloves. Lubricate the finger of the glove with K-Y jelly or a similar product.
  • You must first remove stool for the suppository to work. Have a bowel movement, or gently insert the finger and remove stool. Continue to do so until none comes out. Wait a few minutes and then try again to see if any more stool has moved down.
  • Take the wrapper off the suppository, and insert it as high in your rectum as you can.

Doctors recommend lying on your left side. This takes advantage of the natural angle of the rectum and makes it easier to insert the suppository.

Current as of: May 27, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Nancy Greenwald MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

 
 

PeaceHealth endeavors to provide comprehensive health care information, however some topics in this database describe services and procedures not offered by our providers or within our facilities.