Senokot

(senna)

3.4/ 5 average rating with 69 reviewsforsenna
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Relieves occasional constipation.

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Our bottom line

Senokot (senna) is gentle and effective for occasional constipation, but it can't be used as a long-term treatment.

Quick facts about senna
  • Drug class: Gastrointestinal
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (senna)

Upsides

  • Senokot (senna) is tolerated well and has few side effects.
  • Approved for children as young as 2 years old.

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Downsides

  • 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.

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How it works

Senokot (senna) is a stimulant laxative. It causes the muscles of your intestines to contract, which helps push stool out of your body.

Quick facts about senna
  • Drug class: Gastrointestinal
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (senna)

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Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
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What to expect when you take Senokot (senna) for Constipation

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Side effect rates for Senokot (senna)

Risks and Warnings for Senokot (senna)

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  • Talk to your doctor right away if you don't have a bowel movement after 1-2 days of using Senokot (senna) or if you notice bright red blood in your stool. You might have a blockage in your bowels that could lead to serious complications. Don't take Senokot (senna) if you have stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or have experienced any sudden changes in your bowel movements lasting longer than 2 weeks.

Common concerns from people taking Senokot (senna)

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  • Reviewed sennaon 10/19/2017Senn leaves bad taste.take w food
    52
    Woman
    A year or so
    Constipation