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What are you taking Glycerol for?

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  • Other
  • Constipation
  • Dermatitis

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  • Less than a week
  • A couple weeks
  • A month or so
  • A few months
  • A year or so
  • Two years or more

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Uses of Glycerol


Glycerol is used in the treatment of:

  • Constipation

Glycerol is used in the prevention of:

  • Dermatitis

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Glycerol Brand Names

Glycerol may be found in some form under the following brand names:

Glycerol Drug Class

Glycerol is part of the drug classes:

Glycerol Interactions

This is not a complete list of Glyceroldrug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Glycerol and Pregnancy

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

The FDA categorizes medications based on safety for use during pregnancy. Five categories - A, B, C, D, and X, are used to classify the possible risks to an unborn baby when a medication is taken during pregnancy.

Glycerin falls into category C:

In animal studies, pregnant animals were given this medication and had some babies born with problems. No well-controlled studies have been done in humans, though. Therefore, this medication may be used if the potential benefits to the mother outweigh the potential risks to the unborn child.


There are no well-controlled studies that have been done in pregnant women. Glycerin should be used during pregnancy only if the possible benefit outweighs the possible risk to the unborn baby.


No studies have been done in animals, and no well-controlled studies have been done in pregnant women. Glycerin should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.

Glycerol Dosage

Take glycerol exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

The Glycerol dose your doctor recommends will be based on the following (use any or all that apply):

  • the condition being treated
  • other medical conditions you have
  • other medications you are taking
  • how you respond to this medication
  • your weight
  • your height
  • your age
  • your gender

Glycerol is available in the following doses:

  • Glycerin 50% Oral Solution
  • Glycerin Adult Rectal Suppository
  • Glycerin Compounding Liquid
  • Glycerin Infant Rectal Enema
  • Glycerin Infant Rectal Suppository
  • Glycerin Maximum Strength Rectal Suppository
  • Glycerin Ophthalmic Ophthalmic Solution
  • Glycerin Otic 5%-95% Otic Solution
  • Glycerin Pediatric Rectal Suppository
  • Glycerin Topical 3%-0.75% Irrigation Solution
  • Glycerin Topical 3%-0.75% Nasal Spray
  • Glycerin-phenol Topical Mucous Membrane Solution
  • Glycerin-witch Hazel Topical 50% Topical Gel
  • Glycerin-witch Hazel Topical 50% Topical Pad
  • Naphazoline Ophthalmic 0.012% With Glycerin Ophthalmic Solution
  • Parenteral Nutrition Solution W/electrolytes Amino Acids 3% And Glycerin 3% With Electrolytes (procalamine) Intravenous Solution
  • Pramoxine Topical 12%-1% Topical Pad

Forms of Medication

Glycerol is available in the following forms:

  • Enema
  • Enemas
  • Injectable Solution
  • Injectable Suspension
  • Irrigation Solution
  • Medicated Bar Soap
  • Mucosal Spray
  • Mucous Membrane Topical Solution
  • Nasal Solution
  • Ophthalmic Gel
  • Ophthalmic Solution
  • Oral Gel
  • Oral Solution
  • Oral Spray
  • Otic Solution
  • Rectal Cream
  • Rectal Suppository
  • Topical Cream
  • Topical Gel
  • Topical Lotion
  • Topical Ointment
  • Topical Solution
  • Topical Spray

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