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Dr. Mark Korsten
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Mineral Oil (Overview)

Mineral oil is a laxative which is a kind of gastroenterology drug.


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What is the treatment for mineral oil overdose?

What is the treatment for mineral oil overdose?

See below: They will measure and monitor your vital signs, including temperature, pulse, breathing rate, and blood pressure. Symptoms will be treated as appropriate. You may receive:
•breathing support
•fluids through a vein (by iv)
•tube through the mouth into the stomach to wash out the stomach (gastric lavage). ...Read more

Dr. Mark Korsten
97 Doctors shared insights

Mineral Oil (Overview)

Mineral oil is a laxative which is a kind of gastroenterology drug.


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

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

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. ...Read more

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I have been having difficulty passing stools (straining) feel not fully emptied and very bloated, does mineral oil work? Safe? Suggestions?

I have been having difficulty passing stools (straining) feel not fully emptied and very bloated, does mineral oil work? Safe? Suggestions?

Mineral oil works.: Mineral oil is just one of many possible laxatives. Should make sure you are always well hydrated. Could consider senna, docusate, lactulose, polyethylene glycol-3500, magnesium compounds (including milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide))- or for a real blowout a bottle of magnesium citrate. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take mineral oil at 40 weeks pregnant?

IT CAN INDUCE LABOR: It is an effective laxative but it is also used sometimes to induce labor and at term 40 weeks it may induce labor
talk with your OB doctor if you can use it or not, as a laxative. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to use mineral oil as a lubricant for anal penetration? We do it bareback.

Is it dangerous to use mineral oil as a lubricant for anal penetration? We do it bareback.

Anus was not made: For intercourse, that could lead to infection in both partners, can lead to rectal perforation or tears, bad hemm, can lead to incontinence of flatus and stool as the rectal sphincter can be damaged that would require very painful surgery to fix, that being said if u are going to ignore these warnings there are much better lubricants than mineral oil. ...Read more

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Are there any adverse reaction or side effect when ingesting mineral oil?

Are there any adverse reaction or side effect when ingesting mineral oil?

No except if: Taken in excess may cause diarrhea for a few days. It's a great lubricant for the bowel, but not for daily use. ...Read more

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Please tell me if oils like mineral oil on skin are safe and if they can have any side effects?

Please tell me if oils like mineral oil on skin are safe and if they can have any side effects?

Safe.: Contrary to what you may have read on-line, mineral oil is pretty harmless. If you apply it right after showering, while your skin is still moist, it will seal in the moisture and relieve dryness. If you have very sensitive skin you might get pimples or bumps from plugged up oil glands - but you won't know unless you try it. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned? My granddaughter (we have guardianship) was constipated all the time. Dr. Said give her mineral oil. Now when she poos (it's like huge 2" in diameter and very long) should I be worried?

Should I be concerned? My granddaughter (we have guardianship) was constipated all the time. Dr. Said give her mineral oil. Now when she poos (it's like huge 2" in diameter and very long) should I be worried?

As: As long as she is passing stool regularly without bleeding or pain, it is fine. If she is continuing to have pain when she poops or if there is blood on the outside of the stool or on the toilet paper when she wipes, contact her doctor. She may need a different medication in order to achieve regular, soft stools. Other things you can do to help are to encourage her to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and drink lots of water. Good luck! ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods can you mix into mineral oil to treat constipation?

No need to mix: Anything but if you are using mineral oil I would take a dose independent of meals. If you are constipated go on a liquid diet until resolved. Don't add more roughage to a plugged system any more than you would continue to stuff garbage into your disposal if your sink was plugged up. ...Read more

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I think I overdosed on mineral oil; is it harmful?

I think I overdosed on mineral oil; is it harmful?

See below:: Symptoms are due to mineral oil's laxative action and may include: abdominal pain; dehydration (from severe diarrhea);diarrhea;nausea & vomiting. How well you do depends on the amount of poison swallowed and how quickly treatment is received. The faster you get medical help, the better the chance for recovery. Mineral oil is relatively nontoxic, and recovery is likely. ...Read more

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Can mineral oil be used for sex?

Can mineral oil be used for sex?

Yes, but...: ...But not with latex condoms. Don't use oil-based lubricants with condoms. ...Read more

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Is mineral oil any good anymore for baby care?

Is mineral oil any good anymore for baby care?

No: By mineral oil for baby cares, I am assuming you are referring to constipation. The latter is common in both breastfed and formula fed babies. Usually we recommend prune juice in young infants and increased fiber in diet in older ones. Hydration is very important. If these methods do not work, a glycerin suppository can be used in younger kids; you should seek out your dr if constipation is common. ...Read more

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

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 ...Read more

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

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 won't help. Depending on the reason for constipation, you may need a different medicine or further dietary modification. ...Read more

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Does mineral oil cause spots?

Does mineral oil cause spots?

Mineral oil: Does not cause acne. This has been studied in the past with results published in the Journal of Dermatology. ...Read more

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Does mineral oil help you lose weight?

Mineral oil: No it does not, it is an non absorbed oil and may cause loose bowels or diarhea. ...Read more

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