Compare Movantik vs. senna
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Movantik (naloxegol) is a good option for treating constipation due to the use of opioids. However, it can cause side effects that make you feel like you are going through opioid withdrawal.
Senokot (senna) is gentle and effective for occasional constipation, but it can't be used as a long-term treatment.
- Is a good option if traditional laxatives have not worked for you.
- Take Movantik (naloxegol) only once a day.
- Compared to alternatives, this medicine doesn't affect your heart.
- Senokot (senna) is tolerated well and has few side effects.
- Approved for children as young as 2 years old.
- Side effects of Movantik (naloxegol), including withdrawal and loss of pain control, may be worse in people taking certain opiates, such as methadone.
- More expensive than traditional laxatives. There is no generic available.
- Need to take this medicine on an empty stomach or it won't work as well.
- You may have to take a lower dose of Movantik (naloxegol) if you have kidney problems, which may be less effective or cause more side effects.
- 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.
- Opioid induced constipation
- Chewable tablet
- Abdominal pain21%
- Excess sweating3%
- Opioid withdrawal & reduced pain relief
- Methadone use
- Severe abdominal pain and/or diarrhea
- Movantik 25mg
- Stomach or intestinal holes
- Crohns disease
- Peptic ulcer disease
- Diverticular disease
- Stomach malignancies
- Bowel blockage
- Laxative dependence