Cons: 12 in box, foil wrapper can be difficult to open, thus ruining the suppository!
The Bottom Line: For children 3-6 years of age who cannot tolerate medicine any other way, give them a surprise insert that will enable a peaceful sleep
As the single parent to two special needs boys I have to come up with creative ways to administer medicine when all sorts of ailments make their way to our household. My six-year old has been in the Hospital three times in as many years for dehydration and other health related issues. Three times a day two to three Nurses would arrive to give his dosage of iron. It was always a difficult task but they got it accomplished, but somehow assumed I could do it alone once at home. I learned to sneak medicines into his soymilk and this has worked for over a year now.
One such visit started out with a temperature of 104 that lasted for a few days since they did not realize he had an ear infection. I made the suggestion of using a suppository to get the fever down. This process worked very well with little fuss due to the quickness of the Nurse. When it was time to go home we made a pit stop at Rite Aid to drop off prescriptions and I searched for suppositories to have on hand for future need.
I picked up a box of Goldline Acetaminophen Suppositories, USP 120 mg Pediatric containing twelve suppositories wrapped in foil with a perforation between each one. The box has a faint imprint showing the expiration date plus each foil wrapped suppository has this stamped in blue ink. I purchased this box almost a year ago with the date ending this month, 5/03, so time for a new supply.
The uses for Goldline Acetaminophen Suppositories, USP 120 mg Pediatric would be headaches, aches and pains or fever. If a fever continues for seventy-two hours a Doctor needs to be consulted. No more than five consecutive days should suppositories be used. For children under the age of three check with a Physician beforehand.
In case you did not know, suppositories are for rectal use only. They need to be stored in a cool dry place away from children, and should an accidental overdose occur, contact Poison Control Center immediately. They are listed in phone books and should be noted on refrigerator and/or on the phone. Obviously as the name of the product implies the active ingredient is acetaminophen, 120 mg in each suppository. The inactive ingredient is hydrogenated vegetable oil.
I have used the Goldline Acetaminophen Suppositories, USP 120 mg Pediatric two different ways. Since I have eczema, which results in cuts and sores on my fingers, I have an ample supply of cotton gloves to wear. When it is time for a diaper change I grab a pair that I have worn out and a foil wrapped suppository, hiding both in my pocket until my son is lying down in changing position. Then I take them out and once the diaper has been removed and before placing another one on I have slipped the gloves on and opened the suppository. I learned the hard way once to open the wrapping to produce the suppository and hide it in a baby wipe. Then it will not break in my pocket and I dont have to touch the thing.
Before my son realizes what is happening I have inserted the Goldline Acetaminophen Suppositories, USP 120 mg Pediatric into his rectum and diaper is halfway on. A few months ago I found a box of First Aid Cots by Flents and thought they would be perfect for the cuts on my fingers. Plus my son is not fond of the whole bandaid experience so I thought this was worth trying at some point on him. I was happy to read that these are also recommended for use with suppositories and tried them out the next time my son had a fever.
I have since discovered that placing a finger cot on my finger was not as easy task, thus diverting the attention of said subject who realized something was about to happen. I was able to save the suppository by grabbing a pair of cotton gloves quickly. There was one episode where the suppository did not fully get into the rectum area, it broke and only part of it was inserted. One other time the foil wrapper did not open correctly, resulting in a wasted suppository.
Packaging needs to be reinvented on the Goldline Acetaminophen Suppositories, USP 120 mg Pediatric or have a container with more than twelve. If I remember correctly the price is around $6.99 or more for this product. For those who have children that cannot sit still or a disability that makes it difficult to give medicine orally or a chewable, a suppository is the only viable solution at this time.
I have joked with other parents of autistic children on why other medicines are not readily available via the suppository method. While I have chosen Goldline Acetaminophen Suppositories, USP 120 mg Pediatricfor reducing fevers, when it comes down to taking the temperature rectal is not a method I choose. I lucked out when shopping for an ear thermometer at Sav-On months ago and spotted a forehead thermometer that has been a blessing for this household. I was able to take temps when my son was sleeping, but now he tolerates it anytime with no ill effects.
I choose my battles wisely and opted the easy way out by purchasing Goldline Acetaminophen Suppositories, USP 120 mg Pediatric to temporarily reduce the fevers my son occasionally has. The suppository is about 1 ½ in a white pasty texture. It is not pleasant to touch, therefore I would suggest using a glove when inserting and tossing out as well as washing hands once the task has been completed.
The foil wrappings should not be used if broken or torn. There is a complete satisfaction guarantee with the product. The unused portion needs to be returned to the company for a refund. A Goldline Acetaminophen Suppositories, USP 120 mg Pediatric should last from four to six hours. I have never used more than one in any given day. No more than six can be used in a twenty-four hour period. I cannot imagine doing this more than once a day to begin with. When you rip apart the top of the foil wrapper you can pull out the suppository.
The only thing I can compare the texture of the suppository to is a candle. There is a tip at the top of the suppository with the end part being round. If the suppository breaks it does so in two pieces and not a lot of little pieces. It is mostly solid and a bit greasy, plus odorless. Do not ask what happens to the suppository once it is inside the rectum because I never noticed anything unusual in the diaper. Within a half hour I noticed it working and this is not uncomfortable for the child. I even inserted one when my son was sleeping, it is possible when you are desperate and don't want to wake the child up.
Since my son will be turning seven this summer I am going to look at the other suppository products on the market and see if they are geared to the older child and consult with Physician on alternate suggestions.
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