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I am 28wks pregnant and need to take a laxative. Are laxatives with sennosides harmful during pregnancy?
Obstetrician: I firmly believe that a pregnant woman should check with her obstetrician before taking any medications and that includes over the counter ones as some products could stimulate uterine contractions although a simple stool softener like colace (docusate sodium) shouldn't be a problem. ...Read more
Similar effect: Biscodyl is fairly safe chemical available in tablet, suppository & enema form.Acts directly on colonic nerves to stumulate contractions which lead to mechanical expulsion of stool. Also have effect of increasing fluid & sodium secretion in bowel. Sennosides r derived from senna leaves, available in tablet or liquid form, is converted into bowel contraction stimulant form by colonic bacteria. ...Read more
I stupidly took 5 sennoside tablets (25 mg each) and 3/4ths of a bottle of mineral oil. Will i be ok? Will I have bad darrhea?
I took 5 sennosides and 3/4ths of a bottle of mineral oil to help my constipation. Will i be ok? I'm getting kind of scared
Yes: Constipation is a bummer! long term prevention is much better than treatment: high fiber diet, plenty of fluids, or even fiber supplement (eg: metamucil). Stool softeners can help (kind of like soap), and then stimulants like senna, mineral oil, or magnesium (milk of magnesia). Rarely an enema is even needed. Go slow, and try not to over shoot your treatment! see your md for persistent symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I took sennosides and then mineral oil an hour later and now i'm paranoid that it won't work. I have nkthing to worry about right?
Need to wait: Sometimes laxatives can take up to a couple of days to work. Don't get in the habit of using oral mineral oil as it can cause interference with the absorption of fat soluble vitamins like a, d, e, and k. In addition, if any of the oil gets into your lungs a pneumonia can develop.. Meet with your doctor to get more relevant info for your situation. ...Read more
I'm on morphine sr if i take sennosides/docusate 2 pills maybe twice week is ok? Any other herbs help constipation induced by narcotics?
Had diarrhea all of yesterday after taking 5 sennosides (25mg) and 3/4ths of a bottle of mineral oil the night before. Its a day later and i haven't pooped yet. Is this normal? Do i just have to wait
STOP: After all that mineral oil, you'll be lucky to have anything in your GI tract to pass. Look, there's no reason you need any, let alone that volume, of laxatives. So, let's focus on 1. A balanced diet 2. Good hydration (water, juices, some sport drinks 3. Activity and 4. Daily yogurt or probiotics. Do those 4 things, avoid any laxative products, and enjoy life. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is docusate sodium/sennosides appropriate for ibs-c and can it be used "freely", or are there side effects?
I have been diagnosed with anismus. A clinic advised me to take two doses of miralax (polyethylene glycol) daily along with two sennoside pills. They claim this can be done forever without any harm. What are your thoughts on this?
Always Risks: Anytime laxatives are taken for a long period of time, there are usually some repercussions. The colon will eventually become weaker and weaker and can (but not always) stop functioning without the laxatives. However, sometimes this is the only answer to a problem. If you don't like your doctors recommendation, i submit you have a second opinion in person with another physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer