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Generic name: Senna [SEN-nah]
Brand names: Ex Lax, Fletchers Castoria, and Geri-kot.
Drug class: laxatives

What is Geri-kot?

Senna can also be called Sena Alejandrina (also known as Senae Folium), Sennae Fructus (also known as Sennosides), Tinnevelly Senna, or True Senna. Senna may be effective as an alternative medicine to treat occasional constipation among adults and children older than 2 years. Senna is used in alternative medicine to help empty the bowels before a coloscopy. Other conditions that have not been proven by research include weight reduction, irritable bowel syndrome, and hemorrhoids. Senna may not be effective for treating medical conditions. Senna has not been approved for medical purposes by the Food and Drug Administration and should not be seen as a replacement medication prescribed by your physician. Senna is sold as an herbal supplement; however, many such compounds do not comply with regulatory standards, leading to contamination with hazardous drugs or metals in some supplements available on the market. To minimize risks when purchasing herbal or health supplements from untrustworthy sources. Senna can also be used in other ways not mentioned in this product guide.

Side effects of Geri-kot

If you experience any of the following signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction: difficulty breathing, swelling in your lips or throat area or hives - seek medical assistance immediately!

Senna may cause serious side effects. If you experience:

  • Rectal bleeding
  • No bowel movements within 12 hours of using Senna
  • Low blood potassium can cause leg cramps, constipation, and irregular heartbeats. It may also lead to increased thirst or urination or feelings of numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness.

Geri-kot can cause the following side effects:

  • Stomach pain, discomfort, or cramps
  • Diarrhea or the urgent need for a bowel motion;
  • Nausea, gas;
  • Discoloration of urine.

There may be other side effects. Call your physician immediately if experiencing side effects of medication. For medical advice regarding possible adverse reactions. The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.


Before using, please read all instructions listed on your product label or package carefully. Inform your healthcare provider about your medical conditions, your allergies, and the medicines you are using.

Before you take this drug

Senna should not be used if:

  • Diarrhea;
  • Hemorrhoids;
  • Stomach pain;
  • A blockage of your intestines
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Appendicitis.

Have you experienced any of these:

  • An electrolyte imbalance refers to low potassium levels in your blood.
  • An extended change in bowel habits that lasts longer than two weeks should be evaluated carefully by healthcare providers.
  • Long-term bowel problems;
  • Stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting;
  • If you take mineral oils,

Consult your doctor before using the product if you are pregnant or nursing. Do not give herbal or health supplements to children without consulting with a physician first.

How to take Geri-kot?

Consult your doctor before using Senna. Consult a health practitioner trained in herbal supplements or herbs.Always follow the manufacturer or your doctor's recommendations when taking Senna.. Use only the recommended amount of this product. Do not chew or crush the tablet. Swallow it whole. Before swallowing, the chewable tablet must first be chewed thoroughly.Use the measuring device provided to measure liquid products (not a spoon). This product will not be more effective if you take more than the recommended dosage. Warning - this drug could also result in serious side effects. Senna should cause a bowel movement within 6-12 hours after taking it.

You could overdose if you use different types of senna at the same time (liquids, tablets, etc.). If your constipation doesn't improve or worsens after using Senna for a week, call your doctor. You should not use Senna for longer than a week unless you have been told to by your doctor. Store away from moisture, heat, and light at room temperature.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Take the next dose as scheduled.

What happens if I overdose?

Call 1-800-222-1222 for poison help or seek immediate medical attention. Overdose symptoms include muscle weakness, heart disease, liver damage, and other side effects.

What should be avoided?

Take this product for at least 2 hours after taking other medications. Senna may make certain medications you take orally less absorbable. Avoid taking senna with herbal or health supplements that lower potassium levels. These include horsetail, licorice, and aloe. Use only senna when your doctor says so.

Interaction with other drug

You should consult your doctor before taking Senna if you take any of the following medications:

  • Warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven);
  • A diuretic is a water pill.

This list is incomplete. Senna may be affected by other drugs, such as vitamins and herbs. This list does not include all possible drug-drug interactions.