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Glycerin

Information

Uses

Glycerin is used in constipation

How it works

Glycerin works by drawing water into the intestine through osmosis, that makes the stools soft and easier to pass.

Common side effects

Dehydration, Drug dependence

Available Medicine

Expert advice

  • Avoid taking a Glycerin for more than 1 week, unless prescribed by the doctor, as it leads to dependency on the laxative action to produce a bowel movement. 
  • Together with Glycerin, fiber rich diet containing whole grain bread and cereals, bran, fruits and green leafy vegetables, is essential to maintain healthy bowel function.
  • A Glycerin should preferably be taken at bedtime because it requires 6 to 8 hours to show impact.
  • Notify your doctor if you are on a low-sugar diet because the Glycerin contains sugars.
  • Take Glycerin after 2 hours from other medicines, as it may interfere with the absorption of other medicines.


Content on this page was last updated on 12 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)