View Full Version : Nausea vs Suppository (TMI)

04-21-2005, 12:10 PM
When I was younger, my mom kept a jar of these rectal suppositories in the fridge. They treated nausea. At first I was really squicked out with the concept of sticking some cold little bullet-shaped thing up my butt just to make the nausea go away. But there were definitely times when I was so ill (i.e. dry-heaving) that a little suppository started to look pretty good.

They get absorbed pretty quickly, and are great when you can't hold down pills. I mentioned it to friends, and they were mortified with the idea of sticking something up their butt just to treat nausea.

What about you? Would you do it? Frankly, I hate feeling nauseous- and the discomfort of feeling like I'm on the verge of throwing up is far worse than the momentary discomfort of some cold suppository.

04-21-2005, 12:30 PM
I also hate vomiting, so I might. Hard to say, because the noly time I've ever been the vomiting type of sick for a long period of time was a couple years ago when my body was trying to vomit once every fifteen to thrity minutes. As you can guess, 99% of that vomiting was dry heaving. Eventually, once blood started to appear in the bile I was getting up, I went to the hospital, got an IV for dehydration and an antinausea medication was put into it.

So, to answer the question, if I found myself in a similar situation, then I probably would. As you said, a small amount of mild discomfort is better than a day of dry heaving.

04-21-2005, 12:35 PM
Once, long ago I had about with something similar to what bouv just described. After I was rehydrated, they sent me home with some sort of antinausea patch. I think it was a prescription thing, though.

In answer to the question, yeah, I'd try it. I used fever-reducer suppositories on my kids a couple of time when they were babies. I've never had much luck with antinausea stuff, though.

Little Bird
04-21-2005, 12:44 PM
I had a 4-day migrane a few weeks ago. After getting perscribed narcotics (thanks, accute care :rolleyes: ) and puking my brains out every two hours (on the dot), combined with the not eating or drinking for the previous few days, I was pretty bad off. I couldn't even keep down the pills that would make me better, so the doc gave me an anti-nausea choice: shot or butt-meds. I didn't even think twice--went with the butt. I was in no condition for a shot. Now that was an interesting poop later on!

04-21-2005, 12:45 PM
Oh yes, the icy butt bullets, hate the application, love the results.

I have a tendency to vomit/dry heave excessively and with great force, to the point that I break blood vessels in my eyes and on my face, as well as in my throat. My doctor will give me a script for the phenergan suppositories over the phone. However, there are occasions when they just aren't enough. When this happens, it's off to the clinic (if I am able) or to the E.R. whereupon I am given a phenergan injection.

This injection is intramuscular, the point of entry being the hip, and the nurse gives you the standard "You will feel a little sting".

Why do nurses lie? I would much rather prefer the truth, which in this case would be "This is going to feel as if a swarm of angry hornets are taking their frustrations out beneath your skin, the pain will increase exponentially, and while the nausea/vomiting will cease, you will not be able to lie on your (whichever side the injection is given) for two to three weeks."

My first experience with this injection occured almost four years ago, and it still is a miserable memory. So, I will gladly suffer the indignities of inserting the icy butt bullets if it will keep the injection of torture at bay!

04-21-2005, 02:36 PM
I'd be hesitant to do it because what if you shove that thing up there and you still keep throwing up? That'd be a really bad day, pukin' while some popsickle's up your anus.

Audrey Levins
04-21-2005, 03:06 PM
He he. This reminds me of when my brother got some kind of stomach flu as a kid, and the doctor prescribed The Icy Butt Bullet like twice a day or something...so I'd glance down the hall and see my miserable brother being frog-marched by my mother to his room--neither of them looking very happy--and then the door would shut, and I'd think, "EW, GOD, I'M SO GLAD THAT'S NOT ME!" (As you grow up you realize there are much worse things that can happen to you than a suppository, but as a kid I was hard-pressed to think of one.)

Other than this self-satisfied moment, I have little to offer this thread. I've never had the misfortune of using suppositories myself.

I will say that I have a dislike for vomiting that verges on phobia, so I guess in that scenario, I'd take anything in the world to make it stop. When I had some kind of stomach flu a couple of years ago, I only threw up once...and I swear it was b/c the sheer power of mind over matter, b/c both my roommates got it also and they threw up like a dozen times, even when there was nothing left.

I did lose five pounds overnight, though, which proves that I didn't have any more fun than they did.

04-21-2005, 03:42 PM
I'd be hesitant to do it because what if you shove that thing up there and you still keep throwing up? That'd be a really bad day, pukin' while some popsickle's up your anus.

Well yeah. And make sure you don't poop until that thing is totally absorbed- sometimes when you have the flu and it is coming out both ends this isn't always possible. Put the thing in, 30 seconds later you're blasting it out with howitzer-like force. :p

They're not that unpleasant. They are cold at first but as they warm up to body temperature they melt and get aborbed pretty quickly. And if you do it right you don't feel anything afterward- its not like you'll feel 'greasy' down there or anything.

Thank god I don't have hooks for hands! :eek:

04-21-2005, 03:49 PM
I would totally use a suppository like that. Can you get them over-the-counter?

I can't handle nausea. And I seem to get it a lot for various reasons. The thought of sticking a little bullet up the butt doesn't bother me nearly as much as the idea of being nauseous for a couple of hours.

04-21-2005, 03:58 PM
Yes, they're OTC. By coincidence I was just at the pharmacy and saw some. These happened to be with the baby meds.

Mint Julep
04-21-2005, 04:30 PM
Last year, while passing 2 Kidney stones, I had the pleasure of reacquainting myself with the boodie bullets for the first time since childhood.

I could not stop throwing up and I got a shot of phenergren and the suppositories. The relief was blissful!

It was not the slightest bit embarrassing at the time, because of the sheer agony I was in, but having a house guest pull them out of refrigerator last week was. :)

04-21-2005, 06:08 PM
I will say that I have a dislike for vomiting that verges on phobia.....

Ditto that! In fact, I think mine does cross the line into phobia. And I have IBS that unfortunately takes the form of severe nausea when it acts up (instead of pain). I keep phenegran suppositories on hand as a "just in case" thing. I haven't used one in over a year, but I like the fact that they are there. When I'm that nauseated, I can't handle swallowing even a tiny sip of water, let alone trying to swallow a pill. I'll stick just about anything up my ass to avoid throwing up/being nauseated.

Qadgop the Mercotan
04-21-2005, 06:31 PM
My rule of thumb: If my patient complains of nausea, but refuses a suppository to treat it, he ain't that queasy!

04-21-2005, 07:32 PM
In my >15 years of veterinary medicine I have discussed suppositories with owners a couple dozen times. Only one owner was agreeable. Is that weird or what?

04-21-2005, 07:42 PM
In my >15 years of veterinary medicine I have discussed suppositories with owners a couple dozen times. Only one owner was agreeable. Is that weird or what?
Heh. Common advice (heard from multiple sources...) on the dog show scene is to use a (human) pediatric glycerine suppository to get the dog to go before entering the ring.

Fortunately, not a problem I've had to deal with yet. :D

Kamino Neko
04-21-2005, 08:25 PM
If I'm bad enough off that I can't a) just deal with it, or b) take an oral med, I'm probably not in any kind of shape to be trying to put a suppository in.

04-22-2005, 08:03 AM
I've used 'em now and again when the farmers have been playing up. No big deal.

04-22-2005, 08:25 AM
The only anti-nausea suppositories I've heard of are of Phenergan, which is only available with a prescription (at least in the US, I've now idea about other countries). What OTC ones are you guys talking about?

I work with a nurse whose mother tended to have seizures if she vomited. The mom always kept a supply of phenergan bullets in the fridge. My nurse friend says that if she or her sister vomited, the mom, scared her kids would have seizures as well, would give them the suppositories. But she would have to catch them first.

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