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Stimulant laxative Senna

Senna - What is it for

​Senna / Sennosides is used to treat constipation. It usually takes 6 to 12 hours to work.

Senna - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Senna cause?

​Common side effects include stomach cramps, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting.

Consult your healthcare professional if the symptoms do not go away or become bothersome.

Rare but serious side effects include:

  • Bleeding from the anus or blood in your stool or vomit

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

Before taking Senna , what precautions must I follow?

​Inform your healthcare professional if:

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding
  • You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies.
  • Inform your healthcare professional if you have or had a history of bowel obstruction.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Senna ?

​Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking or intend to take any other medication, supplements, traditional medications or herbal remedies.

Senna - Dosage and How to Use

How should Senna be used?

  • ​Do not stop taking your medication without checking with your healthcare professional.
  • You may take this medication with food and water.
  • Take this medication two hours before or after other medications. This medicine is best taken at bedtime.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

​If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Senna - Handling

How should I handle Senna safely?

Senna - Storage

How should I store Senna ?

;#Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#

How should I dispose of Senna safely?

Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.

Senna - Additional Information

  • Updated on 9/30/2019 12:00:00 AM
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup
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