Can you use oral mineral oil as enema?

Mineral oil is used to treat occasional constipation. The oral form is taken by mouth. The rectal form is used as an enema applied in the rectum. Mineral oil may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

How much mineral oil should I take?

Adults can take 15 to 45 ml of mineral oil orally. These numbers will vary depending on the product. Ask your doctor about what dose is appropriate for you. Like other laxatives, mineral oil is meant to provide short-term relief.

How do you use a mineral oil enema?


  1. With steady pressure, gently insert enema with tip pointing toward navel.
  2. Squeeze bottle until recommended dose is expelled (it is not necessary to.
  3. Remove tip from rectum.
  4. Stop using if tip is hard to insert.
  5. Maintain position until urge to evacuate is strong (usually 1 to 5 minutes).

How much solution should I use for an enema?

Pour about eight cups of hot, distilled water into a clean cup, bowl, or jar. The water temperature should be between 105°F and 110°F. Put a small amount (no more than eight tablespoons) of Castile soap, iodized salt, mineral oil, or sodium butyrate into the water. Too much soap or salt can irritate your bowels.

What if you don’t have a bowel movement after an enema?

What should I do if I administer an enema and it does not work? If there is no bowel movement after 5 minutes of using, try to empty bowel. Call a doctor promptly after using a saline enema and no liquid comes out of the rectum after 30 minutes, because dehydration could occur.

What if mineral oil enema doesn’t work?

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.

Can You Make your own mineral oil enemas?

Learning to make your own mineral oil enemas at home is easy and can save you money. Pour 2 cups mineral oil into your mixing bowl. Add 6 cups filtered water to your mixing bowl. You can use tap water, if you have a filter on your faucet. Bottled water is filtered.

What kind of enema is best for constipation?

If there’s one thing weirder than putting coffee where the sun doesn’t shine, it’d have to be cooking oil. Vegetable oil, and even olive oil, has been used by some enema enthusiasts to treat constipation. Unlike coffee enemas, however, oil enemas are widely recognized by medical practitioners as being effective in reducing constipation.

What is the Cleveland Clinic mineral oil enema used for?

This medicine is used to relieve occasional constipation or stool impaction. This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions. Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission.

What to do if you have an enema overdose?

Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about mineral oil enema, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider. If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away.