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does the laxative tea with senna work for constipation?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
Laxative: Yes, but you need large amounts.
Answered on Mar 22, 2013
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Senna laxative tea: Senna is a tropical/ subtropical plant (250 types) containing sennosides. The leaves & pods can be dried and used as a stimulant laxative which effects lower bowels. Senna tea can be used as a laxative.
Answered on Nov 15, 2018
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
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Agree with Dr. Cattano.
Sep 7, 2014
Dr. Charles Cattano
39 years experience Gastroenterology
Short term use only please!
Sep 7, 2014
Dr. Charles Cattano
39 years experience Gastroenterology
Beware side effects: "Irritant" purgatives cause: melanosis coli (reversible pigmenting of colon lining) which is often seen with chronic senna use, cathartic colon ("floppy" colon with limited muscle tone), & soap or chemical colitis (acute inflammation within hours of "cleansing" enema). See my earlier healthtap answers regarding the longterm systemic consequences of chronic laxative use / overuse.
Answered on Sep 7, 2014

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Please clarify...: ...Are you asking about birth control pills, or something else here? Also, why do you feel you need a laxative?

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