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Mineral Oil

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
    John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

    John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

    John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Brand Name: Kondremul Plain

Generic Name: Mineral Oil

Drug Class: Laxatives, Lubricant

What Is Mineral Oil and How Does It Work?

Mineral Oil is an over-the-counter (OTC) laxative used to relieve occasional constipation. It generally produces bowel movement in 6 to 8 hours.

Mineral Oil is available under the following different brand names: Kondremul Plain.

Dosages of Mineral Oil

Dosage Forms and Strengths

Liquid

  • 100%

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Constipation

Adult

  • 15-45 mL/day orally, single or divided doses
  • Kondremul: 30-75 mL/day

Pediatric

Children under 6 years

  • 15-30 mL/year of age; not to exceed 240 mL/day

Children 6-12 years

  • 5-15 mL/day divided once/day, single or divided doses
  • Kondremul: 10-25 mL/day

Children over 12 years

  • 15-45 mL/day orally, single or divided doses
  • Kondremul: 30-75 mL/day

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What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Mineral Oil?

Common side effects of mineral_oil include:

Serious side effects of mineral oil are rare and include:

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

What Other Drugs Interact with Mineral Oil?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication for your condition, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions or side effects and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of this medicine or any medicine before getting further information from your doctor, healthcare provider or pharmacist first.

Mineral Oil has no known severe or serious interactions with other drugs.

Moderate Interactions of mineral oil include:

Mineral Oil has mild interactions with at least 24 different drugs.

This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your physician if you have health questions or concerns.

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What Are Warnings and Precautions for Mineral Oil?

Warnings

This medication contains mineral oil. Do not take Kondremul Plain if you are allergic to mineral oil or any ingredients contained in this drug.

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.

Contraindications

Effects of Drug Abuse

No information available

Short-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Mineral Oil?"

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Mineral Oil?"

Cautions

  • Conditions that interfere with swallowing or epiglottal function may increase risk of aspiration, which can result in lipid pneumonitis.
  • Do not administer for more than 1 week.
  • Aspiration risk increases in the elderly.

Pregnancy and Lactation

Reviewed on 1/26/2018
References

Medscape. Mineral Oil.
https://reference.medscape.com/drug/kondremul-plain-mineral-oil-342023
DailyMed.
https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=116e0ea5-c649-47ef-a9d2-fc683aed229c
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