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Glycerin suppositories

I am so fed up with going to the loo and always feeling there is something left behind. When I get desperate I use a glycerin suppository and this is usually successful and I feel much more comfortable for the rest of the day.

I am now thinking of doing this more regularly - possibly every day - and would be interested to know if anyone else does this

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When constipated I use them once or twice a week, no adverse effects whatsoever.

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I sometimes use these but generally find a mini-enema to be more effective - I often use these several days in succession. I asked a colorectal consultant if it was okay to do this and he said it was fine.

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Hi - can I ask what sort of enema you use. I did a spell of bowel irrigation (under the guidance of a physiotherapist) but that was an awful faff and just left me having to rush to the loo!

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I use Micralax and there's no faffing at all. It's just a small tube of fluid with an easily insertable nozzle - it works quite a lot faster than suppositories too.

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Thanks - do you get them on prescription or from a chemist?

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If you are in the uk you can buy them in Boots.

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I usually order them online as our local pharmacy doesn't stock them, but I think I read somewhere that it's possible to get them on prescription.

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