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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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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

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
103 doctors shared insights

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Senna (Definition)

Senna is a laxative which is a ...Read more