Medications


Mineral Oil rectal enema

What is this medicine?

MINERAL OIL (MIN-ah-rel OIL) is a laxative. This medicine is used to relieve occasional constipation or stool impaction.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for rectal use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the label. Wash your hands before and after use. Remove tip from enema. Gently insert enema tip into the rectum as directed. Squeeze the enema until the prescribed dose has been given. Gently remove enema tip from the rectum. Throw away any leftover medicine in the enema; do not reuse. Do not use more often than directed. Do not use for longer than 1 week without advice of your health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this medicine may be used in young children, they do not receive the full enema dose and precautions do apply. Use only if advised by your pediatrician.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • diarrhea that is severe

  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • leakage of oil from rectum or rectal skin irritation

  • loose stools

  • lower stomach discomfort or cramps

  • nausea

What may interact with this medicine?

  • docusate

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • abdominal pain

  • blood in your stool (black or tarry stools) or if you have blood in your vomit

  • stomach or intestinal problems

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to mineral oil, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or get worse. Do not use this medicine for longer than directed by your doctor or health care professional. This medicine can be habit-forming. Long-term use can make your body depend on the laxative for regular bowel movements, damage the bowel, cause malnutrition, and problems with the amounts of water and salts in your body. If your constipation keeps returning, check with your doctor or health care professional.

Drink fluids as directed to prevent dehydration and to assist stool passage.

If stools become loose or you have diarrhea, discontinue use and consult your doctor or health care professional for advice, if necessary.


NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. Copyright© 2017 Elsevier
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