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Are glycerin suppositories safer than senna laxatives?

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Dr. Evans Prieston
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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