Senna is classified as a stimulant laxative medication and is typically used for short-term relief of constipation. It can also be employed to help clear the bowels prior to undergoing specific medical procedures or surgery. The drug works by stimulating intestinal activity, ultimately leading to a bowel movement.
Uses and Dosage
Follow your doctor’s instructions when taking this medication orally. If you are self-treating, read and comply with the product packaging directions.
If you are using chewable tablets, make sure to chew each tablet adequately before swallowing.
For dissolving strips, allow the strip to dissolve on your tongue before swallowing it, with or without water.
When using the liquid form of this medication, use a special measuring device/cup to measure the dose accurately. Avoid using a household spoon as it may result in an incorrect dose.
Your age, medical condition, and response to treatment are factors that determine the dosage. Do not increase the dosage or take this medication more frequently than prescribed. You should not take this medication for more than seven days, except on your doctor’s advice. Overuse of this medication can lead to severe side effects.
It may take 6 to 12 hours for the medication to initiate a bowel movement. If your symptoms persist or worsen, or if there is rectal bleeding, inform your doctor. Seek immediate medical attention if you suspect you have a severe medical issue.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- brown discoloration of urine
- stomach discomfort
- stomach cramps
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- rectal bleeding
Inform your pharmacist or doctor of any allergies to this medication, senna, or other substances. Inactive ingredients may be present in this product that can trigger an allergic reaction or other complications.
Share your medical history with your pharmacist or doctor before using this medication, particularly if you have had appendicitis or related symptoms (such as unexplained abdominal pain, vomiting, or nausea), rectal bleeding, or a sudden change in bowel habits that has lasted for over two weeks.
Chewable tablets or dissolving strips may contain sugar. Exercise caution if you have diabetes or any other condition that requires you to limit or avoid sugar in your diet. Consult your doctor or pharmacist about using this medication safely.
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant before taking this medication. Long-term use of this medication during pregnancy is not recommended.
Although this medication passes into breast milk, it is unlikely to harm an infant who is nursing. Speak with your doctor before breastfeeding.
Form and Strength
Senokot is available in the following forms and strengths:
Is it OK to take Senokot every night?
Senokot may be unsafe when taken long-term or in high doses. Using senna for longer than 2 weeks may cause your bowels to stop functioning normally.
Can you eat after taking Senokot?
You can eat and drink normally with Senokot.