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Mineral oil

    DEA Class; OTC

    Common Brand Names; Kondremul Plain

    • Laxatives, Lubricant

    mineral oil rectal (OTC)

    Brand and Other Names: Fleet Mineral Oil Enema
    • Classes: Laxatives, Lubricant

    mineral oil topical (OTC)

    Brand and Other Names: Nix Ultra Shampoo
    • Classes: Antiparasitic Agents

    mineral oil otic (OTC)

    Brand and Other Names: Min-O-Ear
    • Classes: Otics, Other

    petrolatum & mineral oil topical (Rx)

    Brand and Other Names: Eletone Cream, Tropazone
    • Classes: Emollients; 
    • Wound Care

    Oral and rectal lubricant laxative, and topically as a skin protectant
    Only laxative recommended for fecal impaction
    Marketed prior to 1962, has not been evaluated formally by FDA for safety and efficacy.

    Indicated for Constipation/Fecal Impaction

    Head Lice

    May be used to soften/lubricate cerumen

    Eletone is a barrier cream indicated for relief of burning, itching, and erythema associated with atopic dermatitis

    Tropazone is a dressing and management indicated for superficial wounds, minor abrasions, dermal ulcers, donor sites, 1st and 2nd degree burns, including sunburns and radiation dermatitis

    Fecal impaction, intestinal obstruction or perforation, colostomy, ileostomy, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis

    Bedridden patient


    <6 years

    Use >1 week

    Patients with esophageal or gastric retention, dysphagia, or hiatal hernia

    • Lipid pneumonitis if reclined
    • Incontinence of feces
    • Intestinal malabsorption
    • Impaired absorption of fat-soluble vitamins
    • Rectal discharge
    • Anal pruritus and irritation
    • Abdominal cramps
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Lipid pneumonitis with aspiration
    • Potential for hypersensitivity

    Conditions that interfere with swallowing or epiglottal function may increase risk of aspiration, which can result in lipid pneumonitis

    Aspiration risk increases in the elderly

    If taking other drugs, take this product 2 or more hours before or after other drugs

    If experience bleeding after use or fail to have bowel movement after use, discontinue use and talk to healthcare professional


    Ask healthcare professional


    Not known if excreted in breast milk; ask a healthcare professional


    90 mL/day PO or 1 rectal enema/day PR for no longer than 1 week.


    90 mL/day PO or 1 rectal enema/day PR for no longer than 1 week.


    90 mL/day PO or 1 rectal enema/day PR for no longer than 1 week.


    12 years: 90 mL/day PO or 1 rectal enema/day PR for no longer than 1 week.
    6—11 years: 30 mL/day PO or 1/2 rectal enema/day PR for no longer than 1 week.
    2—5 years: Oral safety and efficacy have not been established; 1/2 enema/day PR for no longer than 1 week.
    < 2 years: Do not use.


    Do not use.


    Do not use.

    Mineral oil


    • 100%


    • 118mL


    • Various formulations

    otic drops

    • 22mL

    topical cream

    • 100g/tube (Eletone)
    • 120g/jar (Tropazone)