• Sue Smith


  • Patients whose medication has been prescribed in suppository form. Some drugs are efficiently absorbed through the rectal mucosa. Drugs commonly given by this route include prochlorperazine, metronidazole and indomethacin. Aminophylline suppositories are no longer licensed because of erratic absorption and proctitis.1

  • Patients requiring bowel evacuation prior to X-ray or bowel investigations as out-patients, for example, using Dulcolax suppositories

  • Patients whose constipation has been assessed and for whom suppositories are the prescribed treatment. This may now be more common in the community as nurses provide general post-operative bowel care following day surgery and earlier hospital discharge.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sue Smith
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  1. 1.Community OutlookUK

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