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A 24-year-old female asked:

how long does mineral oil take to work? (tbsp since fri) no bm.

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Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
Internal Medicine 11 years experience
Variable time: I assume you are taking mineral oil for constipation. In my experience I have seen mineral oil work rather quickly or not at all. If it doesn`t relieve constipation after 5 days it probably wont help. Depending on the reason for constipation, you may need a different medicine or further dietary modification.

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What happens if one accidentally swallows mineral oil?

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A 24-year-old female asked:

Is it correct that mineral oil is not absorbed and thus has not nutritional value?

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Negative value: Not only does mineral oil have no nutritional value but it can interfere with the absorption of fat soluble vitamins (a, d, e and k). I do not recommend the use of mineral oil and, if ever used, should only be used on rare occasions. See http://www.Nationalmssociety.Org/treating-ms/medications/mineral-oil.
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A 24-year-old female asked:

Long term use of mineral oil, what are the health risks?

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Dr. Mohammad Khan
Pediatrics 30 years experience
For constipation?: may have little effect. If you are constipated for long time, may want to try other medications and eat more fruits and vegetables

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