Mineral Oil/Petrolatum Ophthalmic

Reviewed on 9/22/2021

What Is Mineral Oil/Petrolatum Ophthalmic and How Does It Work?

Mineral oil/petrolatum ophthalmic is an over-the-counter (OTC) product used to treat dry eyes.

Mineral oil/petrolatum ophthalmic is available under the following different brand names: Systane Nighttime Lubricant Eye Ointment.

Dosages of Mineral Oil/Petrolatum Ophthalmic

Dosage Forms and Strengths

Ophthalmic Ointment

  • 3%/94%

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Dry Eyes

  • Pull down the lower lid of the affected eye and apply a small amount (one-fourth inch) of ointment to the inside of lower eyelid
Safety and efficacy not established in pediatric patients

What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Mineral Oil/Petrolatum Ophthalmic?

Side effects of mineral oil/petrolatum ophthalmic include:

  • Irritation

This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.

What Other Drugs Interact with Mineral Oil/Petrolatum Ophthalmic?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider or pharmacist first.

  • Mineral oil/petrolatum ophthalmic has no listed severe interactions with other drugs.
  • Mineral oil/petrolatum ophthalmic has no listed serious interactions with other drugs.
  • Mineral oil/petrolatum ophthalmic has no listed moderate interactions with other drugs.
  • Mineral oil/petrolatum ophthalmic has no listed mild interactions with other 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/Petrolatum Ophthalmic? 

Warnings
 

This medication contains mineral oil/petrolatum ophthalmic. Do not take Systane Nighttime Lubricant Eye Ointment if you are allergic to mineral oil/petrolatum ophthalmic 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

  • Hypersensitivity

Effects of Drug Abuse

  • No information available

Short-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Mineral Oil/Petrolatum Ophthalmic?”

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Mineral Oil/Petrolatum Ophthalmic?”

Cautions

  • Remove contact lenses before use
  • Discontinue if eye pain, vision changes, or persistent irritation/redness occurs
  • Discontinue if condition worsens or persists more than 72 hours

Pregnancy and Lactation

Use mineral oil/petrolatum ophthalmic with caution during pregnancy if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies are not available or neither animal nor human studies were done.

It is not known if mineral oil/petrolatum ophthalmic is distributed in milk.

Pregnant or breastfeeding patients should seek advice of a health professional before using over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.

References
https://reference.medscape.com/drug/systane-nighttime-lubricant-eye-ointment-mineral-oil-petrolatum-ophthalmic-999732

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