What is Glycerin Suppository?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

Most popular types: Fleet Glycerin Suppositories Adult


Glycerine is a stimulant laxative; as a suppository it is used in the treatment of constipation. It draws fluid into colon and thus stimulates evacuation.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Constipation 15 2
Bowel problems 4 0
Chronic constipation 1 0
Incomplete bowel movements 1 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 2

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Glycerin Suppository

Side effect Patients
Anal pain 1
Sexual arousal 1


Based on patients currently taking Glycerin Suppository

Dosage Patients
1,000 mg weekly 1
1,000mg as needed 1
1capsule(s) as needed 1
2,000mg as needed 1
2g as needed 1


Currently taking Glycerin Suppository

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
10 years or more 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 0
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 1
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2 patient evaluations for Glycerin Suppository

Nov 13, 2014 (Started Nov 11, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for constipation)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 capsule(s) Daily
Advice & Tips: A tip from my parents, known as 'The French Trick'. Insert according to the instructions (please read, especially the need to wet them and remove packaging). This in its self is a bit of a trick. Make sure it goes as far in as you dare to reach - yes, disgusting, but oh boy... Now wait at least 15 mins. I tend to insert first thing in the morning, wash up, have breakfast, and by then it seems to do its magic. Stay within reach of the loo until something happens even if it's not quite the deluge you hoped for. I found this absolutely essential after my mini-cranioctomy as I was strictly warned NOT to 'strain at stool'. Wot, with that much codeine in my system? I had a coal bunker, not a colon, despite the promise of Lactulose Solution and 4 litres of water per day. After 2 bouts of 'six day poo' (one taking 5 hours to clear in the loo), I've just abandoned codeine and will stick to Paracetamol and Ibuprofen unless I have to have surgery again.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 29, 2012 (Started Jan 26, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for constipation with occasional impaction)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for constipation)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: works wonders! It was initially awkward to ask anyone to shove something up my bum but well worth it.

  • 0 helpful marks
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