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DRUG NAME

Brand Name:
Glycerine
suppository

MECHANISM OF ACTION

Glycerin
suppositories are only used

INDICATION

to provide rapid relief from


Generic Name:
Colace Pediatric
and Sani-Supp
Classification:
Osmotic diuretic
Hyperosmolar
laxative
Dosage:
1-1.7 g
suppository
Route:
Rectal
Frequency:
Every 2 days
( without bowel
movement)

temporary constipation. They


should not be used to treat
chronic (long-term)

constipation (unless
recommended by your
doctor).

Glycerin belongs to a
group of drugs called

stimulant laxatives. Before


giving glycerin, always
increase the amount of high-

fiber foods that your child


eats and encourage them to

Rectal irritation/burning,
abdominal discomfort/cramps,
Glaucoma: to interrupt
acute attacks, or when a or small amounts of mucus in
the stool may occur.
temporary drop in
intraocular pressure is
Serious side effects occur:
required (Osmoglyn)
severe/persistent
stomach/abdominal pain,
Prior to ocular surgery
bloody stools, rectal bleeding,
performed under local
persistent urge to have a
anesthetic when a
bowel movement, persistent
reduction in intraocular
diarrhea. serious loss of body
pressure is indicated
water (dehydration).
(Osmoglyn)
Allergic reaction, including:
rash, itching/swelling
Temporary relief of
(especially of the
constipation
face/tongue/throat), severe
dizziness, trouble breathing.
Unlabeled use: IV (with
proper preparation) to
lower intracranial or
intraocular pressure

drink plenty of water, or use


an osmotic laxative (another
type of laxative that works by
softening the stools).

Contraindication:

SIDE EFFECTS

Contraindications:
hypersensitivity to
glycerin.

NURSING RESPONSIBILITIES
Obtain patients history of allergy.
Note for any hypersensitivity
reaction during drug therapy.
Assess patient for any sign and
symptoms of infection..
Childs dose should not exceed
maximum adult dose.
Give laxative as follows: Insert one
suppository high in rectum, and have
patient retain 15 min; rectal liquid-insert stem with tip pointint toward
navel; squeeze unit until nearly all
liquid is expelled, then remove.
Monitor urinary output carefully.
Monitor BP regularly.
Take laxative as follows: Insert one
suppository high in rectum and
retain 15 min; rectal liquid--insert
stem with tip pointing toward navel;
squeeze unit until nearly all liquid is
expelled, then remove.
The following side effects may occur:
increased urination, GI upset (small
frequent meals may help), dry mouth
(sugarless lozenges to suck may

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Use cautiously with


hypervolemia, CHF,
confused mental states,
severe dehydration,
elderly, senility,
diabetes, lactation.

help), headache, blurred vision (use


caution when moving around; ask for
assistance).
Report severe headache, chest pain,
confusion, rapid respirations, violent
diarrhea.