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Senna Tea For Constipation In Ibs
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
Hudration: That is ok. Please also stay hydrated. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Had diarrhea a week ago I had constipation so I took senokot (senna) now I have diarrhea again but didn't start with sulphur burps this time, is it the pills?
Look at the box: The box will have the amount per serving. ...Read more
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
Can I drink Senna laxative tea during my inactive pills and still be protected once I start a new pack?
Likely not: There should be no significant interaction between the two. ...Read more
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
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
Not everyday: Fine for intermittent as needed use, but chronic daily use should be avoided. ...Read more
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
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