How to use a Suppository?

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How to use a Suppository?

    • Step 1

      Wash your hand thoroughly with soap and water.

    • Step 2

      If the suppository is soft, hold it under cool water or place it in a refrigerator for a few minutes to harden it before removing the wrapper.

    • Step 3

      Remove the wrapper, if present.

    • Step 4

      Lubricate the suppository tip with water or moisten your rectal area with cool tap water.

    • Step 5

      Lie on your side with your leg straightened out and your upper leg bent forward toward your stomach.

    • Step 6

      Insert the suppository, pointed end first, with your finger until it passes the muscular sphincter of the rectum, about ½ to 1 inch in infants and 1 inch in adults. (if not inserted past this sphincter, the suppository may pop out)

    • Step 7

      Hold buttocks together for a few seconds. Remain lying down for about 5 minutes to avoid having the suppository come out. Discard used materials and wash your hands thoroughly.

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