A suppository is a small capsule or tablet that contains medicine. A suppository is placed in a body passage, such as the vagina or rectum, where a person's body heat causes the outer capsule or tablet to dissolve and the medicine to be released.

Current as of: August 21, 2015

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Deborah A. Penava, BA, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology