Paraffin


Concise Prescribing Info
Indications/Uses
Listed in Dosage.
Dosage/Direction for Use
Adult : PO Constipation Up to 45 mL/day. Max duration: 1 wk. Rectal As enema: Usual: 120 mL/day, may range from 60-150 mL/day. Ophth Dry eye Apply at night when needed. Topical Hydrate and soften skin Apply when needed, esp after bath.
Dosage Details
Ophthalmic
Dry eye
Adult: Apply as required, usually at night.
Child: Apply as required, usually at night.

Oral
Constipation
Adult: Up to 45 ml/day, usually in the evening but should not be taken immediately before going to bed. Max duration of treatment: 1 wk.
Child: 3-12 yr: 0.5-1 ml/kg (max 30 ml) once daily; 12-18 yr: 10-30 ml once daily, normally after evening meal but not immediately before going to bed. May be mixed with ice cream or yoghurt to increase palatability. Max duration of treatment: 1 wk.

Rectal
Constipation
Adult: 120 ml (range 60-150 ml) daily as an enema.
Child: 2-11 yr: 30-60 ml daily as an enema.

Topical/Cutaneous
Hydrate and soften skin
Adult: Apply as required, especially after bath or shower.
Child: Apply as required, especially after bath or shower.
Contraindications
Abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting is present; children <3 yr.
Special Precautions
Oral: not recommended for use in patients with difficulty swallowing or impaired neurodevelopment. Avoid prolonged use as a laxative or faecal softener. Contact lens should not be worn at the same time (interval of at least 30 min). Ocular preparations should be applied at least 5 min after any other ocular medication.
Adverse Reactions
Anal irritation (excessive dose) and seepage. Foreign-body granulomatous reactions; vasospasm; lipoid pneumonia; interference with absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. When applied ophthalmically, may cause temporary visual disturbance.
Drug Interactions
May impair absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and possibly other compounds.
Action
Description: When taken orally: penetrates and softens faecal material. When used topically: softens and hydrates skin. When used in the eye: lubricates and protects eye.
Onset: When admin orally: produces laxation after 6-8 hr.
Storage
Ophthalmic:
Store <25°C. After opening ocular preparation, discard after 28 days.
Topical/Cutaneous:
For creams and ointments: store <25°C.
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