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Glycerin

Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

Brand Name: None

Generic Name: glycerin

Drug Class: Laxatives, Osmotic

What Is Glycerin and How Does It Work?

Glycerin is used for relief of occasional constipation.

Dosages of Glycerin:

Adult and Pediatric Dosage Forms and Strengths

  • 1 g
  • 1.5 g
  • 2 g
  • 2.1 g
  • 2.8 g

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Constipation

Adult

  • 2-2.8 g suppository, retain 15 minutes, as needed constipation

Children 2-6 years

  • 1-1.7 g suppository, retain 15 minutes, as needed constipation

Children over 6 years

  • 2-8 g suppository, retain 15 minutes, as needed constipation

Administration

  • Patient should lie on left side with knees bent
  • Remove protective wrap before inserting
  • Gently insert tip into rectum with slight side-to-side movement (tip of suppository pointing toward navel)
  • For liquid suppository, squeeze bulb until all liquid is expelled and discard unit

What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Glycerin?

Side effects associated with use of Glycerin, include the following:

This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.

What Other Drugs Interact with Glycerin ?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider or pharmacist first.

Glycerin has no known interactions with other drugs.

This information does not contain all possible interactions or adverse effects. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share this information with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your health care professional or doctor for additional medical advice, or if you have health questions, concerns or for more information about this medicine.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Glycerin ?

Warnings

  • This medication contains glycerin
  • Do not take glycerin if you are allergic to glycerin or any ingredients contained in this drug
  • Keep out of reach of children
  • In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately

Contraindications

Effects of Drug Abuse

  • No information provided

Short-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Glycerin?"

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Glycerin?"

Cautions

  • Do not use when abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting present (unless directed by physician)
  • Frequent or prolonged use of laxatives may result in dependence
  • Rectal bleeding or failure to have bowel movement requires physician care
  • Contact physician before use if experience sudden change in bowel habits that last more than 2 weeks
  • Do not use for longer than 1 week

Pregnancy and Lactation

  • Data is not available about use of glycerin during pregnancy. Consult your doctor
  • It is not known whether glycerin is excreted in breast milk; no risks have been shown to nursing infants
Reviewed on 4/14/2017


SOURCE:
Medscape. Glycerin.
https://reference.medscape.com/drug/glycerin-342014
References:
DailyMed. Glycerin.
https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/
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