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All about: Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment

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Generic Name: Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment (MIN-ah-rel oil/high-DROE-fil-ik pe-troe-LAY-tum)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.

Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment is used for:

Softening and moisturizing dry, cracked, or irritated skin.

Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment is an emollient. It works by softening and moisturizing the skin.

Do NOT use Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment:

Some medical conditions may interact with Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment. However, no specific interactions with Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment:

Use Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Wash your hands before using Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment.
  • Wash and dry the affected area, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Apply a thin layer of medicine to the affected area, then gently spread the medicine until it is evenly distributed.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Check with your doctor or pharmacist before applying a bandage to the affected area.
  • If you miss a dose of Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment and are using it regularly, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment.

Important safety information:

  • Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment is for external use only. Avoid getting Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment in your eyes, rinse immediately with cool water.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment during pregnancy. It is unknown if Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Mild itching, burning, drying, or stinging.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment:

Store Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Mineral Oil/Hydrophilic Petrolatum Ointment. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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