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(Docusate / Senna)

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Helps get things moving and softens things up.

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Senna and docusate join forces to create Senna-S (Docusate / Senna), a vegetable-based laxative that gently relieves constipation.

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  • 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.
  • 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".
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Side effects for Senna-S (Docusate / Senna)

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These are side effects of Senna-S (Docusate / Senna) reported to the FDA by people taking it, and by doctors and pharmacists.

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What to expect when you take Senna-S (Docusate / Senna)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.

Risks and Warnings for Senna-S (Docusate / Senna)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Age 60 or older
    • Malignancy
    • Other condition that causes blockage or narrowing of bowel
    • Taking medications that cause constipation

    Stop taking Senna-S (Docusate / Senna) and call your doctor right away if you have nausea, vomiting, pain or bulging in your belly that doesn't go away, have rectal bleeding, and no bowel movement after taking. These may be symptoms of a bowel blockage (bowel obstruction) which is serious.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Senna-S (Docusate / Senna)

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  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Talk to you doctor about eating certain foods and getting more exercise to help prevent your constipation.