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Mineral oil laxative and the main facts

This natural laxative for constipation is one of those thatdo not have to be prescribed by the doctor, but they can be bought in thenearest pharmacy without a prescription. If taken orally, then it should betaken on an empty stomach or 2 hours after the meal, preferably, before goingto bed. It can also be found in the form of enema or suppository, and as such,it is placed in rectum. It is important to be aware of the fact that, eventhough it is easily available, it should not be used on the long run.

Side effects of mineral oil laxative and cases in which it should not be used

As for the possible side effects, some certainly arepossible, and even though sometimes it is impossible to predict whether theywill appear or not, there are some cases in which it is better simply to avoidthe use of mineral oil laxative. For example, children younger than 6 andelderly people should not use them at all due to increased susceptibility ofdeveloping pneumonia. Pregnant and lactating women should not use it either, due to the fact that longer use can provoke fetal bleeding, while otherwise,this mineral oil tends to prevent the absorption of minerals and vitamin A, D,E and K. People who have any kind of problem with the functioning of their kidneysshould not use it because one of the possible side effects is electrolyticimbalance.

People who have Crohn’s disease or some other bowel diseaseshould refrain from using this laxative, because side effects such as bloating,cramping, nausea and vomiting might appear. These are the most commonlyexperienced side effects, although it is also possible that the person who usesit develops some kind of addiction after only a week of regular use, which willresult in decreased bowel response. Very rarely, diarrhea and vomiting occur asside effects, and in cases in which the dosage is increased, it might result inthe leakage from the rectum.

As far as possible interactions are concerned, when it comesto simultaneous use of mineral oil laxative and other medications, so far thereare some notions that suggest it should not be combined with oralcontraceptives and medications that are known as blood thinners, because thislaxative might prevent their absorption.

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