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Dr. Charles Cattano
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I have constipated for 5+ yrs. Dr tell me IBS or eat more fiber. Eat plenty of fruits veg. I have been taking senna cascara for over a yr is ths bad?

I have constipated for 5+ yrs. Dr tell me IBS or eat more fiber. Eat plenty of fruits veg. I have been taking senna cascara for over a yr is ths bad?

The best: The best meds for constipation are cheap: proper diet and proper fluid intake. Eat a high fiber diet and you don't need fiber supplements. Drink 80 - 100 ounces of non alcoholic, non caffeniated fluids every day. You must break bad habits if you want any relief. There is no magic pill that can replace a helathy lifestyle! senna cascara ios not good long term and causes melanosis coli which stains. ...Read more

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Does the laxative tea with senna work for constipation?

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've used senna off and on for about 2yrs for IBS. Would this cause my liver enzymes to elevate causing me fullness and pain under my rib?

I've used senna off and on for about 2yrs for IBS. Would this cause my liver enzymes to elevate causing me fullness and pain under my rib?

Let's find out: This might be a great time to stop using that stuff in any case. The stuff is infamous for elevating liver enzymes after a few months. If they don't go back to normal, you'll get a workup for other causes. This is serious. ...Read more

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I am 9 weeks pregnant. I took senna tea to releave my constipation. Is this bad for my pregnancy?

I am 9 weeks pregnant. I took senna tea to releave my constipation. Is this bad for my pregnancy?

Try stool softener: Senna can act as an intestinal stimulant and prolonged use may make your gut dependent on it. Try stool softener a and/or fiber supplements. They are safer and non-addictive. ...Read more

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Can I take 3 ballerina tea (contains senna) while breastfeeding 4 days after childbirth? To ease constipation.

Can I take 3 ballerina tea (contains senna) while breastfeeding 4 days after childbirth? To ease constipation.

Constipation: Constipation is a common problem after childbirth. The american academy of pediatrics states that senna is one of the GI agents compatible with breastfeeding, along with cimetidine, atropine, cascara, cisapride, loperamide, and Magnesium Sulfate http://tinyurl. Com/kqodhtr some sources show that maternal use of senna can result in loose stools in babies; some don't. http://tinyurl. Com/llvbgss. ...Read more

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I have severe constipation. I only have 250 mg colace. I'm scared to take it bc I cramp from senna tea (effective) and I just had surgery (ectopic o?

I have severe constipation. I only have 250 mg colace. I'm scared to take it bc I cramp from senna tea (effective) and I just had surgery (ectopic o?

Exercise/fiber: First you need to check your diet to make sure that you have enough fiber (vegetable, whole grain, fruits) in your diet. Regular exercise will also help your bowel to move. If these measures fail, probiotic may be beneficial. If none of these measures help, consult a gastroenterologist for an assessment. ...Read more

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Does senna diet tea make you poop?

Senna is a laxtive: Tea. Senna tea should not be used by pregnant women. It should not be used longer than 7 days. Prolonged used may cause liver problems. ...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) doesn't 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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Why is bad take laxatives (even natural ones like senna tea) when you have your period?

Why is bad take laxatives (even natural ones like senna tea) when you have your period?

Laxatives: It is not necessarily "bad" to take laxatives when menstruating, as most commercial laxatives are gentle and do not cause a problem if constipation is present. Many women feel bloated with the onset of their period, which is not caused by constipation, but is simply reaction to the lower levels of hormones at the time of your period. Unnecessary use of laxatives can irritate your intestines. ...Read more

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Is senna leaf tea safe?

Laxative Tea: Senna tea should not be used by pregnant women. It should not be used longer than 7 days. Prolonged used may cause liver problems. ...Read more

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Does anyone have experience using tea made from senna?

Senna: As a laxative & used occasionally, it seems safe. If abused or in excess, it can lead to liver & kidney problems. ...Read more

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Please help docs! Is senna tea good for my body?

It is to regulate: Bowels - a laxative. Senna tea should not be used by pregnant women. It should not be used longer than 7 days. Prolonged used may cause liver problems. ...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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I have severe constipation, I take senna every day and Dulcolax too. Can I do anything more?

I have severe constipation, I take senna every day and Dulcolax too. Can I do anything more?

High fiber and water: You can increase the fiber in your diet and drink at least 2 litres of water everyday. ...Read more

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Constipation still a week after hysteroscopy and nova ablation what shold I to have take senna tablets for three days but still no movement?

Pain med side effect: You are probably on pain medicines and the bowel peristalsis is slower. If senna is not helping, there are other medications that have been good for this short of enema, although enema would help if obstipated. Ask your doctor for other meds like dulcolax, polyethylene glycol, lactulose. Only your md can make the best decision after evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hi Doc! My has hypertension & diabetes, she's taking her meds for hypertension&diabetes. Can she take a slimming tea that contains Senna Leaves &pods?

Senna: Senna sometimes used as a laxative, but when it is used on a chronic basis can cause a condition called melanosis coli. If constipation is an issue, it is better to increase the amount of fiber in the diet and even consider a fiber supplement. You should increase fluid intake if you increase fiber intake. This would be better than chronic senna usage. Good luck. ...Read more

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Cymbalta (duloxetine) causes constipation. How often can I take senna??

Senna: Senna should not be used longer than 7 days. Prolonged used may cause liver problems. ...Read more

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How much weight will I lose on senna (not as a diet pill, for constipation)?

How much weight will I lose on senna (not as a diet pill, for constipation)?

Depends: It only helps if you take the sign that you feel full and eat less calories. If you take three large milkshakes each day because you are stressed you will still gain weight. Like all diet aids it is only an "aid" you need to make an effort to eat less and walk, exercise more. In this way it can help by making you feel full so that you will hopefully be able to eat less, more healthy food. ...Read more

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Should I take a laxative pill when I already drank senna leaf tea in the morning?

Should I take a laxative pill when I already drank senna leaf tea in the morning?

It is probably safe: Taking a laxative pill the same day after drinking a senna tea is safe. If you have chronic constipation then a daily fiber supplement or stool softener (miralax, etc) is better long term. Stimulant laxatives such as senna and bisacodyl are ok for occasional use. If your symptoms are severe you should discuss them with a gastroenterologist as further evaluation may be warranted. ...Read more

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