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I am 28wks pregnant and need to take a laxative. Are laxatives with sennosides harmful during pregnancy?

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

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What is the difference between bisacodyl and sennosides?

What is the difference between bisacodyl and sennosides?

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

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What is the difference of bisacodyl and sennosides for bms?

Both are laxatives: Biscodyl is chemical strong laxative. Sennosidees are vegetable laxative, are quite safe and can be taken regularly. ...Read more

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Laxal sennosides 12 mg benefits of this tablet and side effects is it safe to take and how many tablet a day?

Laxal sennosides 12 mg benefits of this tablet and side effects is it safe to take and how many tablet a day?

Safe: Hi Rizh, Sennosides are laxatives, medications we use to treat constipation, and generally very safe to take. You only need to take them on an "as needed" basis rather than daily. Just start out with one tablet. For someone your age this should be enough. Once you have a bowel movement, you don't need to keep taking them. Here is some more information: http://wb.md/2o56eCa Hope this helps. ...Read more

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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

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 more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Fluids and miralax (polyethylene glycol): Drinking plenty of fluids and MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) daily can help. The occasional use of sennosides is ok. Docusate is a softener only so it is ok daily. Consider weaning off the morphine if possible. ...Read more

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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

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 more

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Is docusate sodium/sennosides appropriate for ibs-c and can it be used "freely", or are there side effects?

Is docusate sodium/sennosides appropriate for ibs-c and can it be used "freely", or are there side effects?

Yes: The stool softner and laxative combination will help relieve your symptoms. Side effects include possible allergic reaction, excessive diarrhea or constipation may persist despite meds. Dehydration and electroltye problems may result if excessive diarrhea. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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