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Does mineral oil laxative have calories? I am told it does not because it is not absorbed.

Does mineral oil laxative have calories? I am told it does not because it is not absorbed.

You're correct!: Unlike edible oils which provide about 120 calories per 1 tbsp., your body cannot digest mineral oil. Therefore, mineral oil contains effectively no usable calories. The tone of your question raises concern that you may be using this laxative for weight loss--please don't! ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Could vegetable oil be used as a laxative?

Could vegetable oil be used as a laxative?

Veg oil: Vegetable oil will be at least partially absorbed. It may be totally absorbed. It will lubricate some stool. Better to use prunes, prune juice, Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) or Magnesia. ...Read more

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What will happen if I drink baby oil? Will it work as a laxative?

Wouldn't chance it!: Uncertain--i can find no exact references in pubmed re: ingestion of baby oil. Nevertheless, there are well characterized syndromes associated with aspiration of toxic oils with resulting pneumonitis, as well as in the 1990's an eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome associated with toxic-oil intake, diffuse fasciitis, & eosinophilia. Don't take a chance! still in doubt, call the poison control center. ...Read more

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Baby oil is purified mineral oil? Can it be used as a laxative?

Not a great idea: at 16 years of age you should not be using laxatives at all without a physician supervision. I doubt that your physician would advise the use of any oil based laxatives. I think you would do well with 8-10 glasses of water daily, bran, cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables. ...Read more

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Is coffee considered a "stimulant laxative"(such as castor oil), or is it not considered to be a true stimulant laxative?

Is coffee considered a "stimulant laxative"(such as castor oil), or is it not considered to be a true stimulant laxative?

Coffee = irritant: In susceptible individuals, coffee can produce laxative effects within 4 minutes of drinking it. Both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee do the same thing. It's actually an irritant, stimulating hypersecretion of gastric acids; it also speeds up gastric emptying so that acidic gastric contents get dumped into the intestine too soon. Using coffee as laxative exposes you to all this and more. ...Read more

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