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Any bad senna side effects?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
agree. And chronic senna use can cause liver problems.
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