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Using Rectal Medicines succesfully
December 6, 2019
Rectal/Anal Medicines and how best to apply them
What comes to mind when you hear ‘rectal medicines’ ?
Enemas are a common way for introducing liquid medicine to the body through the anus and rectum for treating conditions like constipation.
But there are other forms for applying drugs to the the rectum including capsules or suppositories, creams or ointments.
Applying a rectal suppository is a way of getting medicines into the rectum through the anus.
Thus, it is a very effective way of delivering medicine in some scenarios.
The intent for using rectal medicines is usually to bypass the mouth and stomach.
In other cases, having the drug located around the anus and rectum gives the maximum effect.
This may be necessary in instances where an individual cannot swallow; or they cannot keep medicines down via the mouth.
However, it may also be that you need a medicine whose effect acts locally inside the anus/rectum.
Sometimes, you may need to apply these medicines yourself.
Most commonly it will be for treating piles, or very bad constipation.
So, that’s a little about how and why we use rectal examinations.
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