Over-the-counterLower-cost generic availableClass: Gastrointestinal

Senokot

(senna)

Over-the-counterLower-cost generic availableClass: Gastrointestinal
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4.55Senna

Relieves constipation.

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Our bottom line

Senokot (senna) is gentle and effective, but it may be weaker than other laxatives.

Upsides

  • Senokot (senna) is generally well-tolerated.
  • Can be used if you have hemorrhoids.
  • Can be used in children as young as 2 years old.
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Downsides

  • 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.
How it works

Senokot (senna) is a laxative. It causes contractions in your intestine muscles to push stool through. It also makes stool more watery.

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Dosage forms
  • Pill

What to expect when you take Senokot (senna) for Laxative

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Side effect rates for Senokot (senna)

Risks and Warnings 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.