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Brand Names: Fleet Mineral Oil Enema, Leader Mineral Oil Enema

Generic Name: mineral oil (rectal) (Pronunciation: MIN er al OYL)

What is mineral oil (Fleet Mineral Oil Enema, Leader Mineral Oil Enema)?

Mineral oil is a lubricant laxative that works by coating the waste matter inside your intestines to help seal in water. When too much water seeps out of your stools they can become hard and cause constipation.

Mineral oil rectal (applied in the rectum) is used to treat constipation.

Mineral oil is sometimes used to remove barium residue from your colon after you have undergone a CT scan or other radiologic (x-ray) examination of your intestines.

Mineral oil may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of mineral oil (Fleet Mineral Oil Enema, Leader Mineral Oil Enema)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using mineral oil and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • rectal bleeding;
  • no bowel movement after use;
  • blood in your stools; or
  • severe and worsening stomach pain, cramping, or bloating.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • bloating, gas;
  • mild diarrhea; or
  • stomach cramps.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about mineral oil (Fleet Mineral Oil Enema, Leader Mineral Oil Enema)?

People with eating disorders (such as anorexia or bulimia) should not use this medication without the advice of a doctor.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have severe stomach pain, nausea or vomiting, a bowel obstruction or severe constipation, a sudden change in bowel habits lasting 2 weeks or longer, or if you have used any other laxative within the past 7 days.

Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 2 years old.

If you do not get any results after using mineral oil, call your doctor before using another dose.

Do not use more than 1 mineral oil enema in a 24-hour period. Do not use mineral oil for longer than 1 week without your doctor's advice.



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Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Pill Identifier Tool

Need help identifying pills and medications?
Use the pill finder tool on RxList.



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