Suppository vs. Oral Medication – Which is Most Effective for You?
Suppository vs. Oral Medication – Which is More Effective for You?
For some, this comparison may be easy, mainly because taking a capsule is very easy and the most widely-available form of medication. But with all the capsules that are prescribed to us in this modern day, there has to be a point where we look at the low absorption rate of oral medication – also the negative effect they have on the digestive system and the liver.
|1. 90% Absorption Rate||1. 30% Absorption Rate|
|2. Can take 15-30 minutes to insert||2. Can be easily taken in 30 seconds|
|3. Instant Absorption of Vitamins into Bloodstream||3. Slow and Low Absorption (Vitamins are destroyed in Digestion)|
|4. Narrow Selection of Vitamins and Minerals||4. Wide Selection of Vitamins and Minerals|
|5. Can be awkward to take at first||5. Easiest to take|
|6. Average Price is $100 for 2 month Supply (2-3 Suppositories per week)||6. Average Price is $65 for 1 Month Supply|
|7. Should be shipped with Ice||7. Can be shipped without Ice|
|8. Needs to be stored in a cool, dry place||8. Can be stored at Room Temperature|
|9. Effective solution for Sensitive Stomachs||9. Can upset Stomachs easily|
|10. Can be taken 2-3 times per week||10. Must be taken everyday|
When it comes to effectiveness, Suppositories are of greater use for constipation and higher absorption of medication. Oral medication is easier to take and there are far more medications available for oral application. I will continue to take my oral supplements as necessary, however, I will take suppositories for other ailments such as cramps, constipation, or in times of vomiting and vitamin deficiencies.
Let’s begin by looking at the Effectiveness of Suppositories.
The Effectiveness of Suppositories
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What Types of Medication Can Be Taken as a Suppository?
The most notable time to take a suppository over oral medication is when you are vomiting or if you have trouble with digestive issues.
Suppository medications have been developed to treat:
- Motion sickness
- Vaginal dryness
- Fungal infections
- Birth control
- Mental problems
- But mainly constipation (1).
What Types of Medication Come In Both Oral and Suppository?
The types of medication produced for oral intake are countless. It seems every time I watch television, I’m blasted with another commercial of a new pill that possibly triggers side effects beyond the original problem.
Regardless, there are many types of medications that are available in both oral and suppository forms, though there are not as many suppositories as there are oral medications. Some notable medications available in both styles of application are:
- Muse (Alprostadil)
- Phenergan (Promethazine)
- Opana (Oxymorphone)
- Antibiotics (2)
- Vitamins and Minerals of Varying Types
Why Choose Oral Supplementation Over Suppository?
Oral medication has an advantage over suppositories in one particular area of importance, that being the rate and extent of drug abortion. Mainly because the suppository has less surface area for drug absorption (3).
However, according to NursingTimes.net, Rectal Supplementation is less restricted in absorption, therefore allowing more of the medication to be utilized in the body.
Why Choose Suppository Medication Over Oral?
One reason to choose a suppository over an oral medication is that a suppository produces a more effective systematic availability (4).
Which Type of Medication Works Faster, Oral or Suppository?
Suppository medication wins out on time of effect, especially for constipation.
It takes approximately 15 minuets for the suppository to be absorbed and begin a bowl movement. Oral medications typically take 30 minutes due to time needed for digestion (5). However, suppository medication should not be used for long term treatment unless recommended by a doctor.
Which Type of Medication Has Longer Lasting Effects?
Suppositories have a peak level of efficiency between 4-6 hours, where most oral medications have an effective time-frame between 6-8 hours, depending on the medication (6).
Which Type of Medication Has the Least Amount of Side Effects?
The main side effects from a suppository were:
- Discomfort when applying the medication
- Possible cramps or upset stomach
- Leaky bowels
Oral medication, depending on the medication, can have negative side effects such as:
- Sour stomach
Rectal absorption of medication reduces the common side-effects of some drugs, or at least the effects are reduced (7).
Conclusion: My Story
As I started to consider my recent prescription, I wondered if there were another way to take my medication. Then I recall a time when I was very ill and vomiting uncontrollably. As usual, my mother took me to the doctor, but this time was different. This time, the doctor prescribed me a suppository.
Take note that I was a child at this time and didn’t know what that meant. Then my mom broke the news to me. “I have to do what with that?”, I remember asking. It was an uncomfortable situation and feeling, but I still recall how quickly I overcame my illness. The vomiting stopped within 15 minutes of taking the medication, and I was finally able to rest. I felt better, much better.
This recollection led me to question the need for pills and to search for alternative methods of medication consumption. Much to my surprise, suppository consumption came up often. So, I started comparing the two methods of medication and these are the questions, with answers that my research identified. My opinion is Suppositories are far more effective than Oral Supplementation for 3 reasons:
- 90% Absorption Rate
- You get more nutrition, which can equal more detoxification
- Does not irritate my stomach
This is not to say I am against Oral Supplements, as I am a big believer in Quicksilver Scientific Oral Supplements. I have chosen Suppositories like VitalTox because I want to receive the highest amount of nutrition from my supplements. My desire is this article gave you solid insight so you can decide which delivery system is best for your health.
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