Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

For safe and effective use of laxatives:

  • Follow your doctor's orders if this laxative was prescribed.
  • Follow the manufacturer's package directions if you are treating yourself.

For patients using the enema or rectal solution form of this medicine:

  • This medicine usually comes with patient directions. Read them carefully before using this medicine.
  • Lubricate anus with petroleum jelly before inserting the enema applicator.
  • Gently insert the rectal tip of the enema applicator to prevent damage to the rectal wall.
  • Results often may be obtained with:
    • bisacodyl enema in 15 minutes to 1 hour.
    • docusate enema in 2 to 15 minutes.
    • glycerin enema in 15 minutes to 1 hour.
    • mineral oil enema in 2 to 15 minutes.
    • senna enema in 30 minutes, but may not occur for some individuals for up to 2 hours.
    • sodium phosphates enema in 2 to 5 minutes.

For patients using the suppository form of this medicine:

  • If the suppository is too soft to insert, chill the suppository in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or run cold water over it, before removing the foil wrapper.
  • To insert suppository: First remove the foil wrapper and moisten the suppository with cold water. Lie down on your side and use your finger to push the suppository well up into the rectum.
  • Results often may be obtained with:
    • bisacodyl suppositories in 15 minutes to 1 hour.
    • carbon dioxide–releasing suppositories in 5 to 30 minutes.
    • glycerin suppositories in 15 minutes to 1 hour.
    • senna suppositories in 30 minutes, but may not occur for some individuals for up to 2 hours.

There are a large number of laxative products on the market. The dose of laxatives will be different for different products. The amount of enema or the number of suppositories that you use depends on the strength of the medicine. Follow your doctor's orders if this medicine was prescribed, or follow the directions on the box if you are buying this medicine without a prescription.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.