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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Senna (Overview)

Senna is a laxative which is a kind of gastroenterology drug.


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What are senna laxatives?

What are senna laxatives?

Senna: Senna is a tropical/ subtropical plant containing sennosides. The leaves & pods can be dried and used as a stimulant laxative which effects lower bowels. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Senna (Overview)

Senna is a laxative which is a kind of gastroenterology drug.


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Whats the use of senna pods?

Senna: Senna is a tropical/ subtropical plant (250 species) containing sennosides. The leaves & pods can be dried and used as a stimulant laxative which effects lower bowels. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to use senna and magnesuim together?

Is it possible for you to use senna and magnesuim together?

Senna and Magnesium: Yes you can take senna and magnesium as a laxative together as a laxative but i would worn you about possible diarrhea as a side effect. I generally recommend miralax, (polyethylene glycol) it's gentler. ...Read more

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Is senokot (senna) an effective diet pill?

Is senokot (senna) an effective diet pill?

No, it's a laxative: Laxatives are not effective diet pills. You lose water and electrolytes (sodium, potassium, etc), not calories, not fat, you just get dehydrated-not real weight loss. Take enough and you screw up your bowel and kidneys. ...Read more

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Does the laxative tea with senna work for constipation?

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. ...Read more

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I haven't had a bowel movement for over 3 weeks. I'm taking senna but nothing works & i'm in great pain.

I haven't had a bowel movement for over 3 weeks. I'm taking senna but nothing works & i'm in great pain.

May need: Well, you could have an impaction. It may be necessary to have an enema or a suppository. You may need to go to the er for proper treatment right away. No bowel movement in 3 weeks isnt healthy and needs appropriate medical attention and treatment. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to take bisacodyl, senna, and docusate together?

Is it dangerous to take bisacodyl, senna, and docusate together?

Oh my gosh: Why would you do that? That isn't a good idea. See that you have had all kinds of GI studies - please discuss this with your GI health provider. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink those laxative teas with senna in them on a daily basis?

Is it safe to drink those laxative teas with senna in them on a daily basis?

Better not too: Just because it's natural doesn't mean it's safe (hemlock killed socrates). Chronic stimulant laxatives: senna, cascara, aloe, triphala (natural), can lead to dependency, affect the nerve supply of the bowel. Better: fiber foods (better than supplement), fluids, activity. Occasional stimulants: figs, prunes, senna etc.Ok. Why constipated? Meds, diet, thyroid, metab, anatomy. Other lax available. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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Senokot (Definition)

Senokot is a laxative which is a ...Read more