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Mineral Oil Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(MIN er al oyl)

U.S. Brand Names

Fleet® Mineral Oil Enema [OTC]; Kondremul® [OTC]; Liqui-Doss® [OTC] [DSC]

Mexican Brand Names

Fleet enema para Adulto

Pharmacologic Category

Laxative, Lubricant

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine does not mix well with some medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to mineral oil or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have any of the following conditions: Appendicitis, colostomy, diverticulitis, ileostomy, or ulcerative colitis.

• Do not take the oral medicine if you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

How does it work?

• Mineral oil lubricates the intestinal tract.

• It softens the stool.

How is it best taken?

All forms:

• Drink plenty of noncaffeine-containing liquid unless told to drink less liquid by healthcare provider.

Oral:

• Take this medicine at bedtime. Do not lie down while taking this medicine.

• Take this medicine on an empty stomach. Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.

• Kondremul: Shake well before use.

Rectal:

• Use enema rectally.

• Follow directions given by healthcare provider or read the package insert.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Many times this medicine is taken on an as needed basis.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-02-15 13:42:50.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:23:03.0

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