Fleet Enema



What is Fleet® (mineral oil enema) used for?

Fleet® is commonly used to treat hard stools (constipation). It is used to clean out the GI (gastrointestinal) tract.

How should I take Fleet® (mineral oil enema)?

Use this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

Use enema rectally. Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.

How do I store Fleet® (mineral oil enema)?

Fleet® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Fleet® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Fleet® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Fleet® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Fleet® (mineral oil enema)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Fleet® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.

Do not use Fleet® for more than 1 week unless told to do so by your doctor.

Do not use other laxatives or stool softeners unless told to do so by the doctor.

If you have rectal bleeding or you do not have a bowel movement after using this medicine, talk with your doctor.

If you are 65 or older, use Fleet® with care. You could have more side effects.

This medicine may cause harm if swallowed. If this medicine is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.

Different brands of Fleet® may be for use in different ages of children. Talk with the doctor before giving this medicine to a child.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Fleet® while you are pregnant.

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Fleet® during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Fleet®.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Fleet® (mineral oil enema)?

Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Very bad belly pain.
  • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Very loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Bleeding from rectum or rectal pain.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.


What drugs may interact with Fleet® (mineral oil enema)?

Fleet® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Fleet® (mineral oil enema)?

Fleet® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Fleet® (mineral oil enema)?

Fleet® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Health conditions that may interact with this drug are:

  • Bowel block
  • Belly pain
  • Upset stomach
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Throwing up, or change in bowel habits lasting >2 weeks.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Fleet® (mineral oil enema).

What is the dose of Fleet® (mineral oil enema) for an adult?

1 enema rectally daily; may be used up to 7 days. Results usually within 1–5mins; re-evaluate if no relief after 7 days.

What is the dose of Fleet® (mineral oil enema) for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Fleet® (mineral oil enema) available?

Fleet® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Oil

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Fleet®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: October 20, 2017 | Last Modified: December 19, 2019

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