What is Mineral oil?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

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When applied topically, mineral oil can be used as a moisturizer. It can help soothe or prevent rough, scaly, or dry skin. When taken orally, mineral oil serves as a lubricating laxative that may help treat constipation.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Chronic constipation 2 1
Constipation 1 0
Dermatitis of right ear canal 1 0
Excessive wax in ears 1 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 3

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Mineral oil

Side effect Patients

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Mineral oil

Dosage Patients
3 drop(s) daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Mineral oil

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 3
Did not seem to work 1
Doctor's advice 1
See all 5 patients who've stopped taking Mineral oil

Duration

Currently taking Mineral oil

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1

Stopped taking Mineral oil

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 2
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1
Usually 0
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 2
Last updated:

1 patient evaluation for Mineral oil

Nov 10, 2014 (Started Nov 08, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for excessive wax in ears)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 drop(s) Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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