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Brand Names: Colace Glycerin Suppositories, Fleet Babylax, Fleet Glycerin Suppositories Adult, Fleet Glycerin Suppositories Pediatric, Glycerin Suppositories Maximum Strength, Pedia-Lax Liquid, Sani-Supp

Generic Name: glycerin (rectal) (Pronunciation: GLISS er in)

What is glycerin rectal (Colace Glycerin Suppositories, Fleet Babylax, Fleet Glycerin Suppositories Adult, Fleet Glycerin Suppositories Pediatric, Glycerin Suppositories Maximum Strength, Pedia-Lax Liquid, Sani-Supp)?

Glycerin rectal is used as a laxative. It works by causing the intestines to hold more water, which softens the stool.

Glycerin rectal is used to treat constipation or to cleanse the bowel before a rectal exam or other intestinal procedure.

Glycerin rectal may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of glycerin rectal?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using glycerin rectal and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

Less serious side effects may include:

  • diarrhea;
  • nausea or stomach discomfort; or
  • mild rectal pain or burning.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about glycerin rectal?

Before using glycerin rectal, tell your doctor if you have nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, rectal bleeding, a change in bowel habits that has lasted for 2 weeks or longer, toxic megacolon, or if you have used another laxative for longer than 1 week.

Do not take glycerin rectal by mouth. It is for use only in your rectum.

Call your doctor if this medication does not cause you to have a bowel movement within 1 hour after use.

Do not use glycerin rectal more than once in a 24-hour period. Do not use other laxatives in combination with glycerin rectal unless your doctor has told you to.

Stop using glycerin rectal and call your doctor at once if you have severe stomach pain or cramping, bloody diarrhea, or severe rectal pain, bleeding, or irritation.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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