Mineral oil for constipation, does it work?

Yes it works. But may take several doses over several days to resolve. Stay on liquids during the time until the constipation is resolved. It is not meant nor good to be taken every day for long periods of time. Better to treat the cause of the constipation and hence prevent it than to have to treat the constipation after it develops.

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Please suggest what food can you mix into mineral oil (the constipation treater) to make it taste better?

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...

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...

I took 5 sennosides and 3/4ths of a bottle of mineral oil to help my constipation. Will I be ok? I'm getting kind of scared

Probably. Will be crampy and could get dehydrated if it all hits at once. Drink alot of water and stay close to home. Why are you so constipated ? Is it chronic? See your dr for a work up of this if its a chronic problem. Read more...
Yes. Constipation is a bummer! long term prevention is much better than treatment: high fiber diet, plenty of fluids, or even fiber supplement (eg: metamucil). Stool softeners can help (kind of like soap), and then stimulants like senna, mineral oil, or magnesium (milk of magnesia). Rarely an enema is even needed. Go slow, and try not to over shoot your treatment! see your md for persistent symptoms. Read more...

Can I take a expired mineral oil or saline enema. I just had a dnc and my constipation is horrible. It's hard to read date but I thinkbit says 2002?

So they are 12 years. they have lost their effectiveness by now. Read more...
No. The chemicals in the drug will start to disintegrate after the expiration date. Some may still retain some activity but who is to say how much or not. Remain safe stay away from expired drugs. Read more...

I gave my 6 yr old daughter mineral oil 2 days ago for constipation. Now she has had dirreaha not constantly for a day. Is this part of the mineral oi?

Suggest other Rx. Mineral oil is a poor choice for a laxative for most people. It's likely simply to be passed as oil, around hard stool that remind behind. It's dangerous if it accidentally finds its way into the lungs. Milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) or something similar is a much better choice. We're always learning & probably no damage has been done. Read more...
Possibly. Mineral oil was once commonly used for constipation to the point we had a chocolate flavored product. Unfortunately, it binds many dietary vitamins & when used often produced seepage.Today we rely more on wetting agents like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) or its generic equivalent.I haven't recommended mineral oil in 2 decades. Read more...
Most likely. You didn't mention how much you gave her. It is possible that you may have given her too much- consult with your doctor on how much to give her. Read more...