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Senokot (Overview)

Senokot is a laxative which is a kind of gastroenterology drug.


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What is the treatment for senokot (senna) overdose?

What is the treatment for senokot (senna) overdose?

Time and transit: Ex-lax is a senoside. It is a cathartic (laxative) and promotes peristalsis (movement of content through the bowel). The sooner it goes through, the better off you will be. It is minimally absorbed through the gut. You may have lots of cramps and gushes of diarrhea. If concerned or at risk of other problems due to this, see pcp, call poison control or go to er. ...Read more

Senokot (Overview)

Senokot is a laxative which is a kind of gastroenterology drug.


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Is senokot (senna) an effective diet pill?

Is senokot (senna) an effective diet pill?

No, it's a laxative: Laxatives are not effective diet pills. You lose water and electrolytes (sodium, potassium, etc), not calories, not fat, you just get dehydrated-not real weight loss. Take enough and you screw up your bowel and kidneys. ...Read more

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Does senokot (senna) work?

Does senokot (senna) work?

What are you asking?: The short answer is "yes", but really what are you asking? What is your intended indication for the product--improved stooling, weight reduction, reduced distension, etc? Also, remember, no medication is without some side effects. Best to check with your doctor who knows you best with regard to any medical limitation you may have or if any drug may be contraindicated in your particular case. ...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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Any bad senna side effects?

Any bad senna side effects?

Chronic laxative use: "irritant" purgatives cause: melanosis coli (reversible pigmenting of colon lining) which is often seen with chronic senna use, cathartic colon ("floppy" colon with limited muscle tone), & soap or chemical colitis (acute inflammation within hours of "cleansing" enema). See my earlier healthtap answers regarding the longterm systemic consequences of chronic laxative use / overuse. ...Read more

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Does exlax or senna "flush" your system before it can turn into fat if taken right after eating?

Does exlax or senna "flush" your system before it can turn into fat if taken right after eating?

No: It's not what you eat, but how much, that matters
cutting calories, not necessarily fat or carbs, is the key to long-term weight loss, a new study found.
http://rdd. Me/p445qzqo. ...Read more

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Does senokot (senna) work?

What are you asking?: The short answer is "yes", but really what are you asking? What is your intended indication for the product--improved stooling, weight reduction, reduced distension, etc? Also, remember, no medication is without some side effects. Best to check with your doctor who knows you best with regard to any medical limitation you may have or if any drug may be contraindicated in your particular case. ...Read more

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What's the use of senna pods?

Senna: Senna is a tropical/ subtropical plant (250 species) containing sennosides. The leaves & pods can be dried and used as a stimulant laxative which effects lower bowels. ...Read more

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Is senokot (senna) safe for long term use?

Is senokot (senna) safe for long term use?

No: Long term laxative use can cause the large intestine motility to be impaired creating the need for more and more laxatives. ...Read more

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How long before senokot (senna) take effect?

See details: It is best to take at bedtime so it will usually work the next morning. ...Read more

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How long does it take for senokot (senna) to work?

How long does it take for senokot (senna) to work?

Senokot (senna): If you took 2 tablets and drank plenty of water, I would expect results within 12-36 hours. ...Read more

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Can I take senna once every 10 days without becoming dependent?

Can I take senna once every 10 days without becoming dependent?

Probably: Usually senna is not an addicting drug or one that can cause dependence. It is pretty safe. ...Read more

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I took 2 senna last night but it doesn't work this morning. Why?

Give it time: You may need to give it a little more time...try adding colace or miralax to it. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about it's like to use senokot (senna) max strength before?

Can you tell me about it's like to use senokot (senna) max strength before?

I wouldn't recommend: "irritant" purgatives cause: melanosis coli (reversible pigmenting of colon lining) which is often seen with chronic senna use, cathartic colon ("floppy" colon with limited muscle tone), &soap or chemical colitis (acute inflammation within hours of "cleansing" enema). See my earlier healthtap answers regarding the longterm systemic consequences of chronic laxative use / overuse. ...Read more

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But could you take Senokot (senna) one time every week or one time every two weeks on a long term basis?

Not the best way.: Using Senkot infrequently on as needed basis is not a problem. However, a better approach would be to increase the amount of fiber in your diet, perhaps even supplemented with a fiber supplement. If Senokot (senna) is still needed after the increased fiber is consumed, then use it judiciously. Good luck. ...Read more

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Would 1/2 senna daily cause inconsistent BM? Like Firmer one day and looser another? Or is it something I am eating?

Senna: Senna is a pro-motility agent (helps move things along). If your BM has different consistencies I would recommend starting a food diary and examine which foods make things more firm or loose. ...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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Any bad senna side effects?

Chronic laxative use: "irritant" purgatives cause: melanosis coli (reversible pigmenting of colon lining) which is often seen with chronic senna use, cathartic colon ("floppy" colon with limited muscle tone), & soap or chemical colitis (acute inflammation within hours of "cleansing" enema). See my earlier healthtap answers regarding the longterm systemic consequences of chronic laxative use / overuse. ...Read more

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Will I lose weight on senna?

Agree with Dr Hossai: Senna pods and leaves are used as a laxative. Laxatives are NEVER the route to healthy weight loss. ...Read more

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