Suppositories are medicine that you insert into your rectum and is then absorbed by the rectal tissue. Particularly for internal hemorrhoids, suppositories can help reduce pain and discomfort, as well as swelling and itching. Doctors generally advise using over-the-counter medications for a week (up to 2-4 times a day) and if issues persist, contact a physician.
Follow the instructions on the suppository label carefully. Generally, you will cleanse and dry the affected area and then insert the suppository into the rectum up to 4 times a day, especially after a bowel movement. Before inserting the suppository, it is wise to empty your bowel and bladder and then avoid having a bowel movement for 1-3 hours after insertion.
Suppositories can cause side effects like dry skin around your anus or a rash. If you experience these side effects, contact a physician.