Glycerol

*** PLEASE NOTE***
The information and instructions on the following pages should not replace those given to you by your doctor.


Glycerol is a suppository used as a laxative. It causes the bowels to hold more water, softening the stool. Glycerol is used to treat constipation or for bowel irrigation prior to a rectal exam.

Do not use when

  • Your child has a known allergy to one of the ingredients
  • Your child is under the age of two

Consult your physician when

  • You are pregnant
  • Your child suffers from vomiting, nausea, stomach aches, rectal bleeding, recent changes in bowel routines, blockages, ulceritis colitis
  • Your child has been using it for longer than a week
  • Your child is taking other medication
  • Your child has known allergies

Storing the Medication
Store the medication at room temperature, in a cool, dark, dry place, out of reach of children. Do not use past the expiration date.

Administering the Medication
Administer the medication as instructed by your doctor. Do not administer orally – medication may only be administered via the rectum. Do not exceed recommended dose. Do not administer more than one tablet in 24 hours. We recommend that your child try to empty his bladder prior to the using glycerol.

Remove the cover from the suppository. If held too long, it is likely to melt. Wet the suppository a little to ease penetration. Bowel movement should occur 15-60 minutes after administering the suppository. If you use a rectal enema, remove the cover and gently ease the end of the enema into the rectum. Do not force it in. Keep your child lying down until he needs the bathroom.

What should I do if I forgot to administer the medication on time?
These medications are given as needed – no set schedule needed. Do not administer more than one suppository in 24 hours.

When can I stop administering the medication?
Complete the round as instructed by your doctor.

Side Effects
Side Effects include diarrhea, nausea, stomach aches, rectal pain, burning sensation.

Call your doctor when

  • Your child’s condition gets worse
  • Your child has an allergic reaction to the medication
  • Your child experiences bloody diarrhea, or severe rectal pain
  • The glycerol does not induce bowel movement

Tell your doctor if your child experienced nausea, vomiting, stomach aces or rectal bleeding for more than two weeks. Do not combine with other laxatives unless instructed by your doctor.