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Senokot (senna) side effects, how long do they last for?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
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.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Any bad senna side effects?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Chronic laxative use: "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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
agree. And chronic senna use can cause liver problems.
Mar 29, 2014

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