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Friday, 20 October 2017
This page aims to answer some of the questions you may have about the Irritable Bowel Disease Service and coping with your condition. If cannot find the answer you need, please calll the helpline on 01473 702865 and leave a message.
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I don’t like the idea of using suppositories or enemas – are there any alternatives?

Suppositories and enemas are often used in combination with oral tablets for maximum benefit. For many patients, particularly those with ulcerative colitis where the inflammation affects the lower colon and rectum, using suppositories or enemas provides a very effective means of getting a high concentration of medication exactly where it needs to be – without having to take high doses by mouth.

This leads to a faster resolution of symptoms such as urgency and bleeding compared to taking medication by mouth. Using such medications just before bedtime, for example after a hot bath or shower, may make them easier to manage. Lubricating gel or a little water should be applied to the applicator or suppository prior to insertion. If your bottom is sore it might help to use a little local anaesthetic gel, such as instillagel, before insertion of the enemas or suppositories.