Compare Metamucil vs. senna
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
The natural psyllium fiber in Metamucil (Psyllium) does more than relieve constipation. It lowers cholesterol, keeps blood sugar levels healthy, and makes you feel less hungry between meals.
Senokot (senna) is gentle and effective for occasional constipation, but it can't be used as a long-term treatment.
- Psyllium is the most recommended brand of natural fiber laxative
- Some people feel that taking Psyllium is a hassle, but most think it's worth it.
- It has multiple health benefits, good to control your hunger between meals, improves your blood sugar and lowers cholesterol levels.
- Studies show it works better than a stool softener for constipation.
- Senokot (senna) is tolerated well and has few side effects.
- Approved for children as young as 2 years old.
- You may have to take Psyllium daily for 1-3 days to see full effects.
- If you don't take it with enough liquid, it could swell, block your throat and cause choking.
- Not the best choice for people who have swallowing problems or aren't able to drink lots of liquids.
- Psyllium contains psyllium. Don't take if you have an allergy to psyllium from breathing it in or swallowing it.
- Can cause gas and mild belly cramps.
- 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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- Bowel blockage
Age 60 or older
...and 3 more risk factors
- Serious allergic reaction
Sensitivity to psyllium