Vaseline is used as a laxative to be taken orally or rectally. It is used to help maintain soft feces, decrease fecal effort in case of constipation, remove hemorrhoids after an operation (or other surgical operations that require decreasing fecal effort after post-surgical period) as well as for emptying the gut before surgery, radiology and endoscopy. Vaseline is an oily liquid substance that is odorless, colorless, tasteless, and insoluble in water and consists of a mixture of heavy hydrocarbons.


What is Vaseline?

Vaseline oil creates an emulsion in the intestine by softening the stool. It also has a lubricating effect that facilitates in the elimination of feces.  


How should Vaseline be taken?

Vaseline is taken orally or rectally (using enemas).  


Side effects associated with Vaseline

The recognized side effects from the use of this drug include the following:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritation of the rectum
  • Reduced absorption of fat soluble vitamins


Contraindications and warnings associated with the use of Vaseline

Vaseline is to be used only for short periods of treatment. It is advised to take the medicine in accordance with the instructions given by your doctor. Do not give this medicine to children unless under close medical monitoring.