Suppositories provide safe and effective relief from the discomfort of constipation and can be used to treat children and adults. Laxative suppositories work by irritating the bowel, causing it to empty. Common ingredients found in laxative suppositories include glycerine, which is suitable for use in adults and children, and Bisacodyl, which is safe to use during pregnancy.
Suppositories are bullet-shaped, so they are easy to insert into the rectum, but if preferred, you can use a single-use rectal applicator to insert the suppository. If you need additional help to clear hard, dry stools, use an enema to introduce liquid laxatives directly into the lower bowel.