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Mineral Oil Oral solution
This medicine is used to relieve occasional constipation or stool impaction
What is this medicine?MINERAL OIL (MIN-ah-rel OIL) is a laxative. This medicine is used to relieve occasional constipation or stool impaction.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
-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
How should I use this medicine?Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the package label. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Take this medicine on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before or 2 hours after food. Do not take with food. Do not take this medicine before bedtime. Take it earlier in the day. Take your medicine at regular intervals. 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 children as young as 6 years of age, precautions do apply.
Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
What if I miss a dose?If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
-dietary supplements like beta-carotene and vitamins A, D, E, and K
-estrogens and estrogen-containing birth control pills
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 you take a vitamin supplement, take the supplement 1 hour before or 4 hours after a dose of mineral oil to limit any interaction.
If stools become loose or you have diarrhea, discontinue use and consult your doctor or health care professional for advice, if necessary.
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
-unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):
-leakage of oil from rectum or rectal skin irritation
-lower stomach discomfort or cramps
Where should I keep my medicine?Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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