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Senna

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Uses
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Black Draught® [OTC];Evac-U-Gen® [OTC];ex-lax® Maximum Strength [OTC];ex-lax® [OTC];Fleet® Pedia-LaxT Quick Dissolve [OTC];Fletcher's® [OTC];Geri-kot [OTC];Little Tummys® Laxative [OTC];Perdiem® Overnight Relief [OTC];Senexon® [OTC];Senna-Lax [OTC];SennaGen [OTC];Senokot® [OTC]

    Uses
    • It is used to treat hard stools (constipation).
    • Senna raises activity in the bowel.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.
    • It may be taken 1 or 2 times a day as you have been told.
    • Take at bedtime if taking once a day.
    • Liquid:
    • Mix with juice, milk, water, or sweet foods to make it taste better.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Many times this drug is taken on an as needed basis.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect tablets from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to senna or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Bowel block, belly pain, upset stomach, rectal bleeding, throwing up, or change in bowel habits lasting >2 weeks.
    • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

    Precautions

    • This drug may be habit-forming with long-term use.
    • Do not use this drug for more than 1 week unless told to do so by your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Belly pain.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals and good mouth care may help. Older children may suck hard, sugar-free candy.
    • Loose stools (diarrhea).
    • Cramps.
    • Change in color of urine or stool.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Blood in the urine.
    • Very bad belly pain.
    • Very hard stools (constipation).
    • Black, tarry, or bloody stools.
    • Very loose stools (diarrhea).
    • Feeling very tired, weak, or touchy; trembling; having a fast heartbeat, confusion, sweating, or dizziness.
    • Any bruising or bleeding.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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