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A friend of mine had lots of problems with constipation during her pregnancy. She was started on Colace and told to take one twice daily. After her baby was born in 1981 at the base hospital in England she was in her bed in a big open room with about 10 beds (oh I hated those rooms!) when the nurse came in with a tray full of little medicine cups. She went from bed to bed passing out the pills. My friend watched her go to the first bed and say, “This is your Colace and vitamin.” The patient took the pills and swallowed them. My friend gasped and said, “Oh my God! You’re supposed to swallow those?” She had been using them rectally! Needless to say she was pretty embarrassed…and used them right for her second child. I’m sure the staff got a good laugh at that one!

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