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Generical name: senna sen-nah sen-nah” sen-nah”
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Drug class: laxatives

What is Senna?

Senna may also be called cassia, fan xie ye, alejandrina, sene, sennae, and tinnevelly.senna is believed to be an effective alternative medicine to treat occasional constipation in adults and children who are at least 2 years old. Senna is often used with a different laxative or stool softener, such as lactulose, psyllium, docusate, or mineral oil.senna could be beneficial as an intestinal preparation prior to colonoscopy.

Other applications that have not been proven by study include loss of weight, irritable bowel syndrome, hemorrhoids, anal fissures (tears in the anus's lining), or following a rectal or anal surgical procedure.

It isn't known for certain if the use of senna can be beneficial in treating any particular medical issue. The medical use of this drug is not recognized by the fda. Senna is not recommended to replace medications recommended by your physician.

Senna is commonly marketed as a supplement to herbal remedies. There aren't any regulated manufacturing guidelines in place for many herbal ingredients, and a few supplements sold on the market have been discovered to contain contamination with harmful metals or substances. The best herbal and health supplements are purchased from a trusted source to reduce the risk of contamination.senna could also be used to achieve purposes that are not covered in this guide.

Side effects of Senna

See a doctor immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms warning signs of an allergic response, such as difficulty breathing, hives, and swelling of your lips, face, or tongue,

Senna may cause serious side effects. Stop using the drug and consult your doctor right away in case you suffer from:

  • Bleeding from the rectal
  • There is no bowel movement for 12 hours after the use of senna.
  • Lower potassium level: leg cramps, constipation, irregular heartbeats, fluttering within your chest, thirst that is increased or urination, numbness, the sensation of tingling, muscle weakness, or a sluggish feeling.

Constipation may be one of the more frequent adverse effects of senna. The less serious side effects could be more common, and there may be no side effects whatsoever.

This is not a comprehensive list of possible side effects, and others could happen. Contact your doctor for advice regarding medical adverse effects. You may report any adverse reactions to the fda at 1-800-fda-1088.


Follow the directions on the label and on the packaging. Inform your healthcare professionals about your medical conditions, allergies, and all medications you use.

Prior to use this drug

It is not recommended to make use of senna in case you are allergic to the chemical or suffer from:

  • Diarrhea or loose stool;
  • Severe stomach pain;
  • Swelling or blockage of the digestive tract (stomach or the intestines);
  • Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, appendicitis
  • Hemorrhoids, anal prolapse,
  • If you are dehydrated.

Consult a pharmacist, doctor, or other healthcare professional about whether it is safe to take this medication in the event that you've ever:

  • An unbalanced electrolyte (such as, for example, low potassium levels in the blood);
  • Any change in the bowel habits that lasted more than two weeks;
  • Long-term bowel problems;
  • Coronary disease
  • Stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting.

Talk to your doctor prior to using this medicine if you are breastfeeding or pregnant.

Certain types of senna have been designed to be used by children. Don't give any herbal or health supplement to a child without the approval of a doctor.

How to take Senna?

If you are considering using herbal supplements, make sure you seek the advice of your physician. It is also possible to consult someone who is certified in the use of herbal or health supplements.if you decide to use senna, do so as per the instructions on the packaging or as recommended by your pharmacist, doctor, or any other healthcare professional. Use less than what is suggested according to the should chew the tablet thoroughly before you take it in.

Take care when measuring liquid medicines. Use the syringe for dosing or a dosage-measuring device (not an ordinary spoon).senna will cause the bowel to move between 6 and 12 hours after taking it.don't use different forms that contain senna (such as liquid and tablets) in the same order without medical guidance. Combining different formulations increases the chance of having an overdose of the senna.

Senna could be dangerous when taken for long-term use or in large doses. Senna use for more than two weeks could cause the digestive tract to cease functioning properly. In the long run, it could cause an imbalance in electrolytes. Unbalanced electrolytes can lead to heart issues, muscle weakness, liver damage, and other negative your doctor. If your constipation doesn't improve after a week of using senna or if the constipation worsens,keep at room temperature, free of heat, moisture, and light.

What happens if i miss the dose?

Don't miss your missed dosage if you are close to taking your next prescribed dose. Don't take additional medication to make up for the missed dose.

What happens if i overdose?

Get medical attention in an emergency or contact the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should be avoided?

Follow the advice of your doctor regarding any food restrictions or beverages.

Interaction with other drugs

Take senna only with medical advice if taking any of these medicines:

  • Birth pills for control as well as hormone replacement therapy
  • Digoxin (lanoxin);
  • A diuretic (water pill)
  • Warfarin (coumadin, jantoven).

This list isn't exhaustive. Other drugs can interact with senna, including prescription drugs, vitamins, and herbal products. The interactions of all drugs are listed here.



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