Senokot laxative side effects - Doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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