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Glycerin is a naturally occurring polyol compound that is derived from triglycerides of animal and plant origin such as beef fat, palm, and soybeans. Glycerin is often used as a moisturizing agent and has been shown to be effective in some cases for the prevention or treatment of various conditions. Some of the more common issues that may be prevented or relieved by the use of glycerin are skin irritation, itching, rough or scaly skin, flaking, etc.


Your use of glycerin, form of delivery, frequency, and amounts will largely depend on several variables such as your age, health, current condition, allergies, etc. Only your primary doctor or another doctor with full access to your medical history can say if glycerin is right for you or not. Check with your doctor and discuss your options. If glycerin is a medication you and your doctor decide is needed, follow your doctor's directions precisely during the course. If you are prescribed glycerin for oral use, rectal use, or other, keep in mind that your doctor may have vastly different approaches for each type of condition and area it is affecting, etc.


Many people are able to use glycerin comfortably but some may possibly experience side effects. If you experience any side effects that are getting worse or perhaps not leaving, contact your doctor right away.  A few of the side effects that are reported with glycerin are as follows:

  • Stinging
  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching

Severe Side Effects:

Unfortunately some users may experience more severe side effects. Be sure to watch for severe side effects and if any side effect feels severe, seek emergency medical attention immediately. A few of the possible severe side effects are listed below for your information. Please note this list is partial only.

  • Skin Infection Symptoms
  • Soft or Soggy Skin
  • Overly Pale/White Skin

Severe Allergic Reaction:

Severe allergic reactions can potentially occur with any medication that is being introduced. Watch for signs of possible allergic reactions and seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Rash
  • Itching and/or Swelling (pay close attention to the face, throat and tongue)
  • Severe Dizziness
  • Trouble Breathing


Ask your doctor for a full rundown of all possible contraindications. Those listed below are only some of the possible contraindications.

Glycerin is contraindicated for any of the following:

Regarding Oral

  • Severe Dehydration
  • Anuria
  • Cardiac Problems
  • Acute Pulmonary Edema
  • Hypersensitivity to Ingredients

Regarding Rectal

  • Nausea and/or Vomiting
  • Fecal Impaction
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Hypersensitivity to Ingredients.
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