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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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I'm 16wks pregnant. I just want to know if senna tea is safe for my pregnancy.

I'm 16wks pregnant. I just want to know if senna tea is safe for my pregnancy.

Senna tea: Senna has a laxative effect that can also possibly stimulate uterine contractions. For that reason, it's not recommended to be used during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is drinking senna tea safe during pregnancy?

Is drinking senna tea safe during pregnancy?

Senna: Medline plus indicates that senna is "possibly safe" during pregnancy when used briefly, in small doses. However, it considers the herb to be "possibly unsafe" in large doses or for an extended period of time. The american pregnancy association specifically advises against stimulant laxatives during pregnancy, noting that they can cause contractions in the uterus. Senna can also lead to dehydratio. ...Read more

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Is senokot (senna) laxatives safe during pregnancy?

Is senokot (senna) laxatives safe during pregnancy?

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

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I am 9 weeks pregnant. I took senna tea to releave my constipation. Is this bad for my pregnancy?

Try stool softener: Senna can act as an intestinal stimulant and prolonged use may make your gut dependent on it. Try stool softener a and/or fiber supplements. They are safer and non-addictive. ...Read more

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Bootea contains senna peppermint hawthorn leaves, liquorice burdock &valerian root, psyllium seeds. You have 1 every otha nyt is it safe to use ongoing?

Bootea contains senna peppermint hawthorn leaves, liquorice burdock &valerian root, psyllium seeds. You have 1 every otha nyt is it safe to use ongoing?

BOOTEA CALL: May cause diarrhea due to the Senna, but q o d does not seem excessive but If you notice any adverse effects then cut back or quit.
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Hi Doc! My has hypertension & diabetes, she's taking her meds for hypertension&diabetes. Can she take a slimming tea that contains Senna Leaves &pods?

Senna: Senna sometimes used as a laxative, but when it is used on a chronic basis can cause a condition called melanosis coli. If constipation is an issue, it is better to increase the amount of fiber in the diet and even consider a fiber supplement. You should increase fluid intake if you increase fiber intake. This would be better than chronic senna usage. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is senna leaf tea safe?

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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Should I take a laxative pill when I already drank senna leaf tea in the morning?

Should I take a laxative pill when I already drank senna leaf tea in the morning?

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

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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 tea safe for pregnant women?

Is senna tea safe for pregnant women?

Avoid.: Try colace (docusate sodium) or docusate instead for constipation of pregnancy. Senna may stimulate your bowel and cause uterine contractions and/or diarrhea that can prove harmful to the pregnancy. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for senna overdose?

What is the treatment for senna overdose?

Fluids, patients: Drink plenty of fluids and take care not to overdose any medications. ...Read more

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What is the side effects on senna laxative?

What is the side effects on senna laxative?

Senna laxative: Is FDA nonprescription. Most common side effects are stomach discomfort, cramps, and diarrhea. ...Read more

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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

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How strong is Metamucil vs senokot (senna) laxative?

Apple and orange: Metamucil is a fibre supplement and not a laxative. That is it does not have a specific bowel stimulating effect. Senokot (senna) is a bowel stimulant. It is a vegetable product and a good product to start with if constipated. ...Read more

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Please help docs! Is senna tea safe to drink every other day?

You don't want your: Body to rely on laxative tea for regular bowel movements. Do not use senna herbal teas for longer than 7 days. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever had adverse side effects after taking a tea w/ senna?

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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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Has anyone ever had adverse effects after taking a tea containing senna?

Has anyone ever had adverse effects after taking a tea containing senna?

Yes: The most common are abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take just 1 senokot (senna) each week for constipation? Or would I get too dependant?

Is it safe to take just 1 senokot (senna) each week for constipation? Or would I get too dependant?

Once a week won't: Hurt. Eat more fiber and drink more water with prune juice. Try laxatives - dulcolax, milk of magnesia, (magnesium hydroxide) magnesium citrate every now and then. Stay active and exercise. Take care! ...Read more

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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

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My mum is in agony the lower right side but still no poo it comes as sharp pains now and again. I tried giving senna last night to help her go?

Go to ER NOW: Agonizing abdominal pain with no rectal output is suggestive of bowel obstruction. Laxatives can worsen her problem. Do not delay medical attention, early intervention is necessary to avoid complication. ...Read more

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Will Senokot (senna) help hard to pass stool already formed or only stool forming thereafter? If it can do the first, please explain how. Thank you.

Will Senokot (senna) help hard to pass stool already formed or only stool forming thereafter? If it can do the first, please explain how. Thank you.

By nerve stimulation: Senokot contains "senna" which is converted in the intestines to senna aglycones. These molecules stimulate a nerve network called Auerbach's plexus which, in turn, sets in motion a series of wave-like contractions called peristalsis. It is peristalsis that moves the stool along and results in a bowel movement, usually within 6 to 12 hours. (http://www. Senokot. Com/constipation/treatment/) ...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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Can overuse of senna cause tinnitus?

Tinnitus: I have no reason to believe that senna can cause any ear issues. I have not heard of this at all. Consider another cause. If it bothers you, se an ent. ...Read more

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Which is stronger, senna or dulcolax?

Appears equal: There are not concluisive studies that would show a superior laxative to one another. ...Read more

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