Suppositories are a type of medication that is in the form of a plug or capsule and inserted directly into the rectum or the vagina. While most people think of these as medications to deal with constipation, the fact is that there are a number of different health conditions that can be treated using medicine in this form.
In shape, the typical suppository is usually in the form of a small plug. The exterior coating is formulated to begin dissolving after insertion. Body heat plays a role in triggering the breakdown of the medication. As the suppository dissolves, the medication is released and absorbed into the surrounding tissue.
Along with constipation, there are also products designed to help with issues such as hemorrhoids. In this instance, the medication releases a soothing moisturizer or vasoconstrictor that can help ease the pain of the condition. People with trouble swallowing can also use products of this type to receive anything from aspirin to medications that help with high blood pressure.
A vaginal suppository is often helpful in treating a range of gynecological health issues, including the presence of candidiasis. As with the products designed for insertion into the rectum, these dissolve gradually and allow the medication to come in contact with the surrounding tissue and also absorb into the bloodstream.
While most people are familiar with the glycerin suppositories used to deal with temporary constipation, not everyone is aware of the potential side effects of using this or any similar product. For people with allergies, a glycerin suppository may cause a great deal of discomfort by irritating the tissue making up the vagina or the rectum. In addition, too frequent use of these medications can interfere with the natural rhythms of the body, causing a dependency. There is also the possibility of a negative reaction to the specific medication contained in the plug.
In general, it is a good idea to only make use of suppositories under the direction of a physician. Your doctor can provide instructions on how to properly insert the suppository, such as wearing a rubber glove to prevent direct contact between the fingernail and the sensitive tissue found in the interior area of the rectum or vagina. The doctor can also advise on the frequency of use, and any possible side effects relevant to the type of medication contained in the plug. Make sure to report any discomfort or side effects that may develop immediately. This will allow the physician to determine how to proceed with the treatment of your particular ailment.