U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 38-year-old member asked:

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

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 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.

Similar questions

A 36-year-old member asked:

Any bad senna side effects?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 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 26 years experience
agree. And chronic senna use can cause liver problems.
Mar 29, 2014

Related questions

A 47-year-old member asked:
How long before senokot (senna) takes effect?
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 45-year-old member asked:
What to do if i took three senokot (senna) tablets, is this bad?
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 47-year-old member asked:
Is senna leaf tea safe?
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
A 36-year-old member asked:
Will I lose weight on senna?
2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Last updated Jun 11, 2015

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.