This section is from the "A Handbook of Useful Drugs" book, by State Medical Examining and Licensing Boards.
A liquid obtained by the decomposition of vegetable or
animal fats or fixed oils.
Glycerin occurs as a clear colorless liquid, of a thick, syrupy consistence, smooth to the touch, odorless, sweet to the taste and producing a sensation of warmth in the mouth. It is readily miscible with water or alcohol.
Properties and Uses: Glycerin is used in medicine chiefly as a solvent in preparing glycerites, and as a sweetening agent or vehicle in place of syrups.
Each suppository contains approximately 3 gm. or 45 grains of glycerin gelatinized by means of hard soap.
Actions and Uses: A glycerin suppository, or glycerin itself, when introduced into the rectum tends to absorb water from the surrounding tissues and to cause increased peristalsis by reflex action, thus acting as a prompt laxative.
Glycerites are solutions of medicinal substances in glycerin.
For preparations of this type included in this list see:
Glyceritum Acidi Tannici, under Acidum Tannicum.
Glyceritum Amyli, under Amylum.
Glyceritum Boroglycerini, under Acidum Boricum.
Gelatinum Glycerinatum, under Gelatinum.