It is used to treat constipation with castor oil. During bowel examinations/surgeries, it may also be used to clean out the intestines. A stimulant laxative, castor oil is known for its laxative properties. This medication helps the stool come out by increasing the movement of the intestines.
What is Castor Oil used for?
You should take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor. Self-treatment should be done according to the instructions on the product package. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you may have.
An empty stomach is the best time to take this medication. Make sure the dose is measured accurately with a special measuring cup or device. You might not get the right dose if you use a household spoon. If you wish to improve the taste of this medication, you can take it with juice.
You will be prescribed a dosage based on age, medical condition, and response to treatment. Take this medication only as directed. Do not increase your dose or take it more often than prescribed. This medication should not be taken for more than 7 days without your doctor’s approval. There is a possibility of serious side effects if this medication is overused (see also the section on Side Effects).
You may not have a bowel movement for six to twelve hours after taking this medication. If your condition persists or worsens, or if bleeding occurs from the rectum, notify your doctor. You should seek medical attention immediately if you think you may have a serious medical problem.
Side Effects of Caster Oil
An individual may experience stomach/abdominal pain or cramping, nausea, diarrhea, or weakness. Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if any of these side effects persist or worsen.
Your doctor has determined that the benefit of this medication is greater than the risk of side effects if they have directed you to use it. It is not uncommon for people to experience no serious side effects when using this medication.
If you experience any of these unlikely but serious side effects: nausea/vomiting/diarrhea that won’t stop, muscle cramps/weakness, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, decreased urination, or mental/mood changes (such as confusion), contact your doctor right away.
Rarely does this drug cause severe allergic reactions. If you experience any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, such as rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face, tongue, or throat), severe dizziness, or difficulty breathing, seek immediate medical attention.
Interaction of Caster Oil
If you take other drugs or herbal products at the same time as some drugs, the effects can change. You may experience serious side effects, or your medications may not work properly as a result. These drug interactions may occur, but they don’t always occur. By changing how you take your medications or by close monitoring, your doctor or pharmacist can often prevent or manage interactions.
Before starting treatment with this product, it is important to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescriptions, nonprescription, and herbal products). Please consult your doctor before starting, stopping, or changing the dosage of any other medicines you are taking while using this product.
Do not take this product if you are allergic to diltiazem, verapamil, or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet. If you have had a severe allergic reaction after taking a calcium channel blocker, your doctor may need to stop your medication and replace it with another drug. Before taking this product, tell your doctor if you: have kidney disease, heart failure, or high blood pressure, are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant.