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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

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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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Has anyone ever had adverse side effects after taking a tea w/ 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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Side effects of senna "natural" treatment?

Side effects of senna "natural" treatment?

Adiction: And 'lazy bowel" as well as causing melanosis coli or black pigmentation of the colon lining, making colonoscopy near impossible if not difficult and potential for missing lesions of the colon when doing a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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