Generally speaking, glycerin suppositories take between 15 and 60 minutes to work, according to Drugs.com. While waiting for the suppository to work, it is recommended that individuals limit movement or lie down completely until they feel the urge to have a bowel movement.
People should not use a suppository more than once every 24 hours, according to Drugs.com. The suppository should not be used with other laxatives, as their prolonged use has been linked to damage of the muscles, nerves and tissues of the intestines. Individuals who don't have a bowel movement after one hour has passed are advised to call the doctor.Learn More
According to Mayo Clinic, there are five different types of laxative suppositories: stimulants, lubricants, carbon dioxide-releasing, stool softeners and hyperosmotic. Each type of suppository works in a different way.Full Answer >
According to Tylenol, acetaminophen should start working within 30 to 60 minutes. It doesn't work immediately because it first has to dissolve in the digestive tract and then enter the blood stream. Once it reaches the brain, acetaminophen relieves pain by blocking pain signals, according to FamilyDoctor.org.Full Answer >
Suboxone tablets are slowly dissolved under the tongue according to Drugs.com. Talking, smoking, eating or drinking should be avoided while the tablet is dissolving. The tablets should be taken at the same time each day and should not be swallowed, crushed, cut or chewed, according to Drugs.com.Full Answer >
When used according to label directions, Miralax produces a bowel movement within 12 to 72 hours, according to Drugs.com. Propylene glycol helps to increase the amount of water in the intestines, stimulating bowel movements and softening the stool.Full Answer >