Paraffin - oral

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Paraffin helps relieve constipation.

This medicine belongs to a group of medicines called lubricant laxatives. These laxatives work by coating the surface of the stools. This helps the stools hold in water so they move out of the body more easily.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Paraffin exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

This medicine is available in oral liquid form or as an emulsion.

If you are given an emulsion, shake it well before taking. Pour the measured dose into a glass and add a small amount of water or milk. Stir the mixture well and drink.

Paraffin is best taken before breakfast and at night on an empty stomach. Do not take it immediately before going to bed.

You may stop taking this medicine when you no longer have constipation.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not take Paraffin for more than 1 week or over a long period of time.

Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant.

Do not give this medicine to a bedridden or an elderly or to children under 3 years old unless instructed to do so by the doctor.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- abdominal pain
- nausea
- vomiting
- difficulty in swallowing

Let your doctor know if you are breastfeeding.

For as long as you are taking Paraffin, you may need to monitor your stool frequency and consistency to check your body's response to the medicine.
What side effects could I experience?
Paraffin may cause any of the following side effects: anal seepage (leakage of fluid discharge from the anus), anal irritation, watery diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any fat soluble vitamin e.g. vitamin A, D, E or K.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on paraffin - oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2023 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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