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Fleet Mineral Oil Enema (rectal)

Generic Name: mineral oil (rectal) (MIN er al OYL)
Brand Name: Fleet Mineral Oil Enema, Leader Mineral Oil Enema

Medically reviewed on November 27, 2017

What is Fleet Mineral Oil Enema?

Fleet Mineral Oil Enema 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.

Fleet Mineral Oil Enema rectal (applied in the rectum) is used to treat constipation.

Fleet Mineral Oil Enema 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.

Fleet Mineral Oil Enema may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

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 Fleet Fleet Mineral Oil Enema Enema 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 Fleet Mineral Oil Enema, call your doctor before using another dose.

Do not use more than 1 Fleet Mineral Oil Enema enema in a 24-hour period. Do not use Fleet Mineral Oil Enema for longer than 1 week without your doctor's advice.

Before taking this medicine

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.

It is not known whether Fleet Mineral Oil Enema will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

It is not known whether mineral oil passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

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

How should I use Fleet Mineral Oil Enema?

Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Do not take the rectal enema by mouth. It is for use only in your rectum.

To use the enema, lie down on your left side with your knees bent. If someone else is giving you the enema, you may kneel down and then lower your head to the floor. Stay resting on the side of your face while the enema is given.

Remove the cap from the applicator tip and gently insert the tip into your rectum. Slowly squeeze the bottle to empty the contents into the rectum. Do not force the liquid into the rectum.

The Fleet Mineral Oil Enema enema should produce a bowel movement within 2 to 15 minutes after use.

For best results, stay lying down until you feel the urge to have a bowel movement. Do not hold in the enema for longer than 15 minutes.

If you do not get any results after using Fleet Mineral Oil Enema, call your doctor before using another dose. Do not use more than 1 Fleet Mineral Oil Enema enema in a 24-hour period.

Each single use bottle of Fleet Fleet Mineral Oil Enema Enema is for one use only. Throw away after one use, even if there is still some medicine left in it after using the enema.

Do not use Fleet Mineral Oil Enema for longer than 1 week unless your doctor has told you to.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Do not freeze.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since Fleet Fleet Mineral Oil Enema Enema is used as needed, you will not be on a frequent dosing schedule. Do not use a Fleet Mineral Oil Enema enema more than one time in a 24-hour period.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while using Fleet Mineral Oil Enema?

Do not use other laxatives while using this medication, unless your doctor has told you to.

Fleet Mineral Oil Enema side effects

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 Fleet Mineral Oil Enema 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.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Fleet Mineral Oil Enema?

There may be other drugs that can interact with Fleet Mineral Oil Enema. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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