Compare Benefiber vs. senna

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Benefiber

Over-the-counter

Senokot (senna)

Over-the-counter
Supplements fiber and relieves constipation.

Benefiber is an excellent fiber supplement. It's easy to use and doesn't clump up like other supplements.

Relieves occasional constipation.

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

3.4/ 5 average rating with 69 reviewsforsenna
Upsides
  • Research shows soluble fibers like Benefiber are useful for people who don’t meet daily fiber recommendations.
  • Benefiber completely dissolves in liquids and doesn’t have a gritty texture like other similar fiber supplements.
  • Comes in multiple forms, including chewables, powders, and caplets.
  • Should cause less gas and bloating than other fiber supplements.
  • Has multiple health benefits including lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
  • Senokot (senna) is tolerated well and has few side effects.
  • Approved for children as young as 2 years old.
Downsides
  • If you have a gluten intolerance, celiac disease, are pregnant, or are nursing, check with your doctor before taking Benefiber.
  • Taking too much Benefiber can cause constipation, gas, and bloating.
  • Benefiber doesn’t bulk up stool as much as insoluble fiber supplements.
  • Some people's bodies can become dependent on fiber supplements.
  • 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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Dosage forms
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
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Reviews
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69 reviews so far
58%
saidit'sworth it
35%
saiditworked well
10%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Benefiber FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Senokot (senna) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Warnings
    • Pregnant
    • Nursing
    • Kidney stones
  • Fiber intake
  • Medication interactions
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  • Bowel blockage
  • Laxative dependence
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