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Is senna leaf tea safe?

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

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Is senna tea safe for pregnant women?

Is senna tea safe for pregnant women?

Avoid.: Try colace (docusate sodium) or docusate instead for constipation of pregnancy. Senna may stimulate your bowel and cause uterine contractions and/or diarrhea that can prove harmful to the pregnancy. ...Read more

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Please help docs! Is senna tea safe to drink every other day?

Please help docs! Is senna tea safe to drink every other day?

You don't want your: Body to rely on laxative tea for regular bowel movements. Do not use senna herbal teas for longer than 7 days. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever had adverse side effects after taking a tea w/ senna?

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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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Has anyone ever had adverse effects after taking a tea containing senna?

Has anyone ever had adverse effects after taking a tea containing senna?

Yes: The most common are abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. ...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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I'm 16wks pregnant. I just want to know if senna tea is safe for my pregnancy.

I'm 16wks pregnant. I just want to know if senna tea is safe for my pregnancy.

Senna tea: Senna has a laxative effect that can also possibly stimulate uterine contractions. For that reason, it's not recommended to be used during pregnancy. ...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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Does anyone have experience using tea made from senna?

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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Is drinking senna tea safe during pregnancy?

Senna: Medline plus indicates that senna is "possibly safe" during pregnancy when used briefly, in small doses. However, it considers the herb to be "possibly unsafe" in large doses or for an extended period of time. The american pregnancy association specifically advises against stimulant laxatives during pregnancy, noting that they can cause contractions in the uterus. Senna can also lead to dehydratio. ...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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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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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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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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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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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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Been having dull, cramping pain in the tissue below my xiphoid process for several days. Took senna tea & Zantac, (ranitidine) neither helped pain. What could it be?

Been having dull, cramping pain in the tissue below my xiphoid process for several days. Took senna tea & Zantac, (ranitidine) neither helped pain. What could it be?

Chest pains: Regardless, could be only muscle pain. However, pain in your chest with the symptoms you have described is a serious medical condition. It is always a red flag and appointment with your PCP or a cardiologist is warranted. Do not self medicate. Take care. ...Read more

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Is senokot (senna) safe for pregnancy? If not what are my alternatives?

Is senokot (senna) safe for pregnancy? If not what are my alternatives?

OK but not frequent: Senekot used occasionally is safe - if used frequently it can damage the bowel. It is recommended to increase fiber and fluids in your diet, use stoll softeners (ducosate sodium) and take a gentle laxative like MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) when needed.

As dr. Shim indicated mom is safe and effective as well. ...Read more

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Is senokot (senna) laxatives safe during pregnancy?

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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