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A 46-year-old member asked:

Which is more effective: mineral oil enema or a saline enema?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Enemas oil based/sal: Saline enemas loosen stool and stimulate bowel movement.If used frequently these can cause hypocalcemia and hyperphosptemia.It is effective in severly constipated with/ without stool retention.Mineral oil enemas are used in patients who are impacted with stools so hard and large causing obstruction, and is used as retention enema, if patient is able to retain overnite follwed by manual disimpaction.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Can you use expired mineral oil for an enema ?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Haider Goussous
Addiction Medicine 64 years experience
Yes: Yes you can use it up to a year.
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