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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Senokot (Definition)

Senokot is a laxative which is a ...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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What's the use of senna pods?

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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What are senna laxatives?

What are senna laxatives?

Senna: Senna is a tropical/ subtropical plant 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 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?

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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Can I have senna before a colonoscopy?

Can I have senna before a colonoscopy?

There may be better: Choices. See this site for suggestions for preparing for colonoscopy.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/colonoscopy/my00621/dsection=how-you-prepare. ...Read more

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How can I make senna plus capsules work faster?

Senna Plus: Senna Plus contains Sennosides (Senna) & Docusate Sodium. It may lead to bowel movement within 6 to 12 hours. Per http://dailymed. Nlm. Nih. Gov/dailymed/archives/fdaDrugInfo. Cfm? Archiveid=39946 “If you do not have a comfortable bowel movement by the second day, increase dose by one tablet (do not exceed the maximum dosage or decrease dose until you are comfortable” ...Read more

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Can I take senokot (senna) while using mebeverine?

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Senokot (senna): It is a natural plant laxative & should be safe with mebeverine, as it can relieve constipation due to mebeverine. ...Read more

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Does plain senna syrup effect electrolyte balance?

Possibly If LongTerm: Long term use of senna syrup can cause electrolyte balance. It may cause a deficiency of potassium among other electrolytes. The nih does not recommend use for more than 2 weeks. See the following site for more information: http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/652.Html. ...Read more

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Can I take senokot (senna) with comundin and sotalol?

Can I take senokot (senna) with comundin and sotalol?

Senokot & Coumadin (warfarin): I would not recommend taking the senokot at the same time with either Coumadin (warfarin) or sotalol. Absorption of Coumadin (warfarin) is affected by a number of foods and other meds, so although not taken together you may separate them in time, so take the sotalol at breakfast and dinner, and the Coumadin (warfarin) before dinner, then take the senokot at bed time. ...Read more

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Does anyone have experience using tea made from senna?

Senna: As a laxative & used occasionally, it seems safe. If abused or in excess, it can lead to liver & kidney problems. ...Read more

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Senokot (senna) side effects, how long do they last for?

Senokot (senna) side effects, how long do they last for?

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

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What is the definition or description of: Senna overdose?

What is the definition or description of: Senna overdose?

Senna overdose: Senna is laxative used for the treatment of constipation. An overdose occurs when an excessive or dangerous amount of a substance is used. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Senna (Definition)

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