Our bottom line
Senokot (senna) is gentle and effective, but it may be weaker than other laxatives.
- Senokot (senna) is generally well-tolerated.
- Can be used if you have hemorrhoids.
- Can be used in children as young as 2 years old.
- Can cause salt imbalances in the blood, especially if you are dehydrated or if you are on water pills.
- Takes longer to work compared to other medicines for constipation.
Senokot (senna) is a laxative. It causes contractions in your intestine muscles to push stool through. It also makes stool more watery.
What to expect when you take Senokot (senna) for LaxativeSkip what to expect section. Skip to Risks & Warnings section.
Side effect rates for Senokot (senna)
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- Higher risk if:
- › Age 60 or older
- › Cancer
- › Other condition that causes blockage or narrowing of bowel
Talk to your doctor right away if you've used Senokot (senna) for constipation and you don't feel relief within 1-2 days or if you notice bright red blood in your rectum. You might have a blockage in your bowels that could be dangerous.