il Petroleum jelly is a liquid oily substance, odorless, colorless, tasteless, insoluble in water, consisting of a mixture of heavy hydrocarbons. It is a substance used as a laxative both orally and rectally .
Since it has the property of reducing the defecative effort by keeping the stool soft, Vaseline oil is used after hemorrhoid operations or other surgical operations that require a decrease in the defecative effort in the post-surgical period, but also when making it is necessary to empty the intestine before radiological, endoscopic, and surgical procedures, or even in case of constipation.
How does Vaseline Oil work?
Vaseline oil forms an emulsion in the intestine with the stool, softening its mass . It also has a lubricating effect which facilitates the expulsion of feces.
How is Vaseline Oil taken?
Vaseline oil is taken orally or, through enemas, rectally .
Side effects of Vaseline oil
Abdominal cramps and diarrhea are among the side effects caused by the use of this drug. In addition, symptoms such as irritation of the rectum, and reduced absorption of fat-soluble vitamins may occur .
Contraindications and warnings on the use of Vaseline oil
L ‘ Vaseline oil should only be taken according to the directions given by your doctor . It is good to use it only for short periods of treatment , and avoid giving this drug to children if there is no constant medical monitoring.