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Use suppositories correctly

Suppositories are a powerful form of medicine - when used properly. What to consider when using and storing suppositories.

This is the best way to slide

A common misuse occurs when inserting. "Suppositories are often introduced with the tip first," says Wolfgang Kirchner from the Federal Association of German Pharmacists' Associations (ABDA). His advice: "On the other hand, I recommend inserting them bluntly first, because that way they slide more easily into the intestine". This is especially important for children. If parents give their infants fever suppositories, for example, it helps if they also gently squeeze the baby's buttocks for a few minutes. Another trick helps with water-soluble preparations: moisten the suppositories immediately before inserting them. However, you should not dab the suppository with cream, baby oil or lubricant, as this can impair its effectiveness.

Peel out, do not squeeze out

Using a suppository correctly does not just mean inserting it correctly. The way in which they are removed from the packaging also plays an important role. In principle, suppositories should not be pushed out, but peeled out, like with a banana. If someone finds it difficult to peel off the foil by hand, they can also use scissors.

Correctly dose and store

If suppositories are to work properly and not cause harm, they must also be properly dosed and stored. For example, if someone only wants to give half the dose, they should cut the suppository in half lengthways - this guarantees that only half the dose of active ingredient gets into the body. When it comes to storage, it is crucial whether the suppositories contain water or fat. Fatty suppositories, for example, melt at body temperature. Once that has happened, they must no longer be used. It is therefore important not to store such suppositories at temperatures above 25 degrees Celsius. Conversely, suppositories containing water do not melt easily. They normally only dissolve in the intestine.

Source: Federal Association of German Pharmacists' Associations (ABDA)


01/13/2017 | Dr. nat. med. Anke Kopacek / Sandra Göbel