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Senokot Laxative 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
Beware side effects: "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
Diarrhea: You'd probably get diarrhea and cramps.Get a more detailed answer ›
How long does it take to get a normal digestive rhythm again after overdosing on senna laxative tablets?
May: Take several weeks to months depending on how long you were chronically taking them. It is worth the wait and the sooner you get off the laxatives the better you will be and feel. ...Read more
Senna - Glycerin: Both glycerin and senna laxatives are rather safe, but they do work in different ways. Senna is considered a stimulant laxative and glycerin is a lubricant. Depending on the cause of the constipation, glycerin is the "gentler" option. However, I have seen situations where both senna and glycerin suppositories were used together. ...Read more
Senna Side Effects: Potential side effects w senna may include rectal bleeding (black, tarry, malodorous stools), abdominal cramping & pain, nausea / vomiting, diarrhea, gas, brown urine & feeling lightheaded. Dehydration, reduced potassium levels, liver problems, cardiac arrhythmia and kidney damage may occur. Discuss use of Senna with your physician if pregnant. It should not be used longer than 7 days. ...Read more
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
Laxatives: They don't help with weight lossGet a more detailed answer ›
Ask: Ask your OBGyn. Important that you clear all medications, prescription or OTC, with your OB before you take them. ...Read more
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
Considered safe: Senna is considered safe in pregnancy for short-term use; it is not absorbed into the bloodstream, but rather is activated by bacteria in the colon, producing substances that cause the nerves of the colon to fire and the smooth muscle to contract. It is my opinion that psyllium powder mixed in water is a better and more comfortable choice, by softening/bulking the stool without irritating the colon ...Read more
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
Can I drink Senna laxative tea during my inactive pills and still be protected once I start a new pack?
Yes: Opiate-induced constipation is often better managed initially with a stool softener like colace (docusate sodium) or surfak, holding laxatives like senna for a second if twice daily stool softeners aren't effective. Antibiotics may produce diarrhea, so you need to be careful that you not use too much laxative, since the results may be (literally) explosive. ...Read more
Constipation: Constipation becomes more of an issue as we grow older. If a high fiber diet, plenty of water and avoidance of too much dairy (they harder the stool) doesn't keep tou regular, then it's much better to take a daily laxative than to strain or not go for days. More importantly, if you haven't had a recent colonoscopies exam, you should have one to make sure nothing else is going on. ...Read more
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
I have tried taking senna laxative aswell as lactilose but neither seemed to work, I'm taking prednisolone but finding it very hard to digest my food.
Not sure: Constipation may be different from hard to digest food. Prednisolone can cause stomach pain and ulcers, heartburn. For constipation, you can try non-prescription MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) powder, as well as milk of magnesia, docusate suppository, fleets enema, or check with your doctor about other prescription options. ...Read more
Is it normal to get your period or was it a miscarriage due to sex just few hours before and I took senna tablet laxative. Will it be the cause??
Laxative like senna causes you early menstruation and what about masturbation does it also cause?
False rumors: Neither laxatives nor masturbation affects menstrual cycle. Laxatives only make you have a bowel movement but you don't want to become dependent upon them either. Masturbation, done in privacy of your dwelling, as long as it doesn't affect your relationship w/others, is harmless. And definitely doesn't affect your menses. ...Read more
My girlfriend has extreme constipation, can't poop with laxatives (senna) can go thru a week w/o pooping. She was 160lbs then now she's 120lbs?
Not normal: The weight loss is extreme- would need to know her height to determine expected "normal" weight. In addition, was she trying to loose weight? Are their other symptoms such as vomiting? A couple of conditions that could explain both problems include low thyroid hormone levela and celiac disease. ...Read more
Barium Sulfate for CT scan two nights ago. Feeling blocked. Is Senokot-S or docusate sodium ok to use? Or should I use traditional laxative?
A common problem: Here's a link for you to consider: https://www. Inspire. Com/groups/agmd-gi-motility/discussion/constipation-after-ct-scan-with-barium/ ...Read more