Compare Colace vs. senna
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Colace (docusate) softens the stool, but may not stimulate a bowel movement as quickly as a laxative.
Senokot (senna) is gentle and effective for occasional constipation, but it can't be used as a long-term treatment.
- Safer than laxatives.
- Available over-the-counter.
- Safe to use in children as young as 2 years old.
- Senokot (senna) is tolerated well and has few side effects.
- Approved for children as young as 2 years old.
- May take up to 5 days for the full effects to kick in.
- Intended to be used only as a short-term solution for occasional constipation. Other options such as fiber supplements may be more useful for maintaining regular bowel movements.
- Using Senokot (senna) often or for a long period of time can increase the risk of dehydration, especially if you are older or also taking diuretics.
- Might take a few days to work which is slower than some of its alternatives.
- Can only be used as a short-term treatment.
- Chewable tablet
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- Complete or partial blockage of intestines
- Bowel blockage
- Laxative dependence