Compare Senna-S vs. Senna

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Senna-S
(docusate / senna)

Senokot
(senna)

Helps get things moving and softens things up. Senna and docusate join forces to create Senna-S (Docusate / Senna), a vegetable-based laxative that gently relieves constipation.Helps get things moving. Senokot (Senna) is gentle and effective, but it may be weaker than other laxatives.
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4.39Senna-S
Reviews for Senna-S (docusate / senna)
39%
of people (All ages) say Senna-S (docusate / senna) is worth it
29%
say it works well
22%
say it's a big hassle
Have you used Senna-S (docusate / senna)?
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Reviews for Senokot (senna)
58%
+19% better vs. Senna-S (docusate / senna)
35%
+6% better vs. Senna-S (docusate / senna)
10%
+12% better vs. Senna-S (docusate / senna)
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Side effects
Senna-SSenna

We haven’t found good data for Senna-S side effects.

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How it works
Senna-SSenna
Senna-S (Docusate / Senna) is a combination medicine. Docusate is a stool softener, and Senna is a stimulant laxative. These two ingredients work together to make stools easier to pass.Senokot (Senna) is a plant-derived stimulant laxative. It causes waves of contractions (peristalsis) in your intestine muscles to push stool through. It also makes stool more watery.
Type of medication
Senna-SSenna
Over-the-counter
Over-the-counter
Available as
Senna-SSenna
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
Senna-SSenna
Risk factors for serious side effects
Senna-SSenna
  • Age 60 or older
  • Malignancy
  • Other condition that causes blockage or narrowing of bowel
  • Taking medications that cause constipation
Detailed Senna-S (docusate / senna) risks & warnings »
  • Age 60 or greater
  • Malignancy
  • Other condition that causes blockage or narrowing of bowel
  • Age 60 or older
  • Taking medications that cause constipation
Detailed Senokot (senna) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

Food
Senna-SSenna
  • Talk to you doctor about eating certain foods and getting more exercise to help prevent your constipation.
  • Talk to you doctor about eating certain foods and getting more exercise to help prevent your constipation.
Pain
Senna-SSenna
  • Ask your doctor before taking Docusate/Senna if you have stomach pain, nausea, vomiting or had sudden changes in your stool for more than 2 weeks.
  • Ask your doctor before taking Senna if you have stomach pain, nausea, vomiting or had sudden changes in your stool for more than 2 weeks.
Upsides and benefits
Senna-SSenna
  • The combination of a laxative and stool softener might work better for people with constipation caused by medicines.
  • The laxative in Docusate/Senna was used over 3,500 years ago, so it's been around for a while.
  • Docusate/Senna is clinically proven to relieve constipation from a variety of causes.
  • One of the few laxative/stool-softener combinations that can be given to children 2 and older.
  • It may not work for everyone, but people felt it was worth the hassle.
  • Senna was used over 3,500 years ago, so it's been around for a while.
  • It's clinically proven to relieve constipation from a variety of causes.
  • One of the few laxatives that can be given to children 2 and older.
  • It may not work for everyone, but people felt it was worth the hassle.
Downsides and risks
Senna-SSenna
  • Most people felt that it's not the most effective laxative out there, but they could deal with the hassle and it worked pretty well.
  • Docusate/Senna can cause cramping or the feeling that you "have to go right now".
  • It may be gentle, but it's not the strongest laxative for constipation.
  • Senna can cause cramping or the feeling that you "have to go right now".
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
Senna-SSenna
  • Docusate/Senna is a combination of a laxative and stool softener. Together they work to relieve constipation better than each medicine alone.
  • Best to take at bedtime or as your doctor has prescribed, but not for more than one week. It works in about 6-12 hours.
  • Ask your doctor about giving Docusate/Senna to anyone younger than 2 years.
  • Don't use if you're taking mineral oil for constipation. Ask your doctor first.
  • Ask your doctor before taking Docusate/Senna if you have stomach pain, nausea, vomiting or had sudden changes in your stool for more than 2 weeks.
  • Check with your baby doctor before using or if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Talk to you doctor about eating certain foods and getting more exercise to help prevent your constipation.
  • It's best to take it at bedtime or as your doctor has prescribed, but not for more than one week. Works in about 6-12 hours.
  • Ask your doctor about giving Senna to anyone younger than 2 years.
  • Ask your doctor before taking Senna if you have stomach pain, nausea, vomiting or had sudden changes in your stool for more than 2 weeks.
  • Check with your baby doctor before using or if you're pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Talk to you doctor about eating certain foods and getting more exercise to help prevent your constipation.
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