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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. Suzanne Galli
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What are the sude effect senna laxative?

What are the sude effect senna laxative?

Senna Side Effects: Potential side effects w senna may include rectal bleeding (black, tarry, malodorous stools), abdominal cramping & pain, nausea / vomiting, diarrhea, gas, brown urine & feeling lightheaded. Dehydration, reduced potassium levels, liver problems,cardiac arrhythmia and kidney damage may occur. Discuss use of Senna with your physician if pregnant. It should not be used longer than 7 days. ...Read more

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How strong is Metamucil vs senokot (senna) laxative?

How strong is Metamucil vs senokot (senna) laxative?

Apple and orange: Metamucil is a fibre supplement and not a laxative. That is it does not have a specific bowel stimulating effect. Senokot (senna) is a bowel stimulant. It is a vegetable product and a good product to start with if constipated. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get a normal digestive rhythm again after overdosing on senna laxative tablets?

May: Take several weeks to months depending on how long you were chronically taking them. It is worth the wait and the sooner you get off the laxatives the better you will be and feel. ...Read more

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Is senokot (senna) laxatives safe during pregnancy?

Yes: But any meds you may want to take , you should ask your OB as your OB may want you to use something else. ...Read more

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Are glycerin suppositories safer than senna laxatives?

Senna - Glycerin: Both glycerin and senna laxatives are rather safe, but they do work in different ways. Senna is considered a stimulant laxative and glycerin is a lubricant. Depending on the cause of the constipation, glycerin is the "gentler" option. However, I have seen situations where both senna and glycerin suppositories were used together. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take over-the-counter senna laxative every day to relieve constipation?

Is it safe to take over-the-counter senna laxative every day to relieve constipation?

Constipation: Constipation becomes more of an issue as we grow older. If a high fiber diet, plenty of water and avoidance of too much dairy( they harder the stool) doesnt keep tou regular, then it's much better to take a daily laxative than to strain or not go for days. More importantly, if you haven't had a recent colonoscopies exam, you should have one to make sure nothing else is going on. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Senna (Definition)

Senna is a laxative which is a ...Read more