What is PHENYLEPH/MINERAL OIL/PETROLAT?
(PHENYLEPH/MINERAL OIL/PETROLAT) This medication is used to temporarily relieve swelling, burning, pain, and itching caused by hemorrhoids. It contains phenylephrine, which belongs to a class of drugs known as sympathomimetic amines. It works by temporarily narrowing the blood vessels in the area. This effect decreases swelling and discomfort. Some products may also contain substances (such as cocoa butter, hard fat, mineral oil, shark liver oil) that form a protective barrier to prevent too much irritating contact with stool. Do not use this product in children 12 years or younger without talking with the doctor.
How should I use PHENYLEPH/MINERAL OIL/PETROLAT?
Follow all directions on the product package. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Use this product up to 4 times daily, usually in the morning and bedtime, or after each bowel movement or as directed by your doctor Before use, clean the area with mild soap and water, rinse well, and pat dry. Remove the protective cover from the applicator tip, attach the applicator tip to the medication tube, and place a small amount of ointment on the applicator tip. Gently insert the applicator tip into the rectum and squeeze the tube to apply a small amount of this medication. Also apply some medication to the outside of the anus. After each use, clean the applicator tip well and replace the protective cover. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not use more often or for a longer time than recommended. If symptoms do not improve within 7 days, if bleeding/worsening pain occurs, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem, consult your doctor promptly.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take PHENYLEPH/MINERAL OIL/PETROLAT?
Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to any of its ingredients; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. If you have any of the following health problems, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this product: diabetes, heart problems (such as chest pain, heart attack), high blood pressure, overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), difficult urination due to blockage (for example, due to an enlarged prostate). Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
What may interact with PHENYLEPH/MINERAL OIL/PETROLAT?
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Some products that may interact with this drug are: MAO inhibitors (isocarboxazid, linezolid, metaxalone, methylene blue, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, rasagiline, safinamide, selegiline, tranylcypromine), drugs to treat high blood pressure (including guanethidine, beta blockers such as metoprolol). Some products have ingredients that could raise your heart rate or blood pressure. Tell your pharmacist what products you are using, and ask how to use them safely (especially cough-and-cold products or diet aids).
What if I miss a dose of PHENYLEPH/MINERAL OIL/PETROLAT?
If you are using this product on a regular schedule and miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Use your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
What side effects may I notice from receiving PHENYLEPH/MINERAL OIL/PETROLAT?
This medication does not usually have bothersome side effects when used as directed. Mild pain/stinging may occur if the rectal tissue is raw or bleeding. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, remember that your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Stop using this medication and tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: fast/irregular heartbeat, pounding headache, nervousness, shakiness (tremor), trouble sleeping. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. In the US - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch. In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Where should I keep PHENYLEPH/MINERAL OIL/PETROLAT?
Store at room temperature. Different brands of this medication may have different storage needs. Check the product package for instructions on how to store your brand, or ask your pharmacist. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.