Senna

Description

Senna is used in the treatment of constipation and to empty the bowel before certain medical procedures. This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of bowel disorders.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Senna

  • Abdominal and stomach cramps
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive bowel activity
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Irritation around the rectum
  • Nausea and Vomiting

Uses of Senna

What is it prescribed for?

  • Bowel preparation
  • Constipation
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The time required for this medicine to show its action is about 6 to 24 hours.
  • Duration of effect
    The time until which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendency has been reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is recommended for use in breastfeeding women only if necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine. Your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative based on your clinical condition.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to Senna.

Intestinal Obstruction

Senna is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of intestinal obstruction due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Ulcerative Colitis

Senna is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of Ulcerative Colitis due to the increased risk of severe side effects.

Rectal bleeding

Senna is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of rectal bleeding due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Crohn's Disease

Senna is not recommended for use in patients with a known history of Crohn's disease due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is recommended for use in breastfeeding women only if necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine. Your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative based on your clinical condition.
General warnings

Self medication

Senna is not recommended for use if you are having stomach pain or nausea. It is advised to consult the doctor before taking this medicine.

Continuous use

This medicine is not recommended for use for more than 1 week due to the increased risk of dependence.

Electrolyte imblance

This medicine should be used with caution due to the increased risk of electrolytes and fluid imbalance. Report any side effects such as dizziness, weakness, or fainting to the doctor immediately.

Missed Dose

If a dose of Senna is missed, take the dose as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Norfloxacin

Amiodarone

Ciprofloxacin

Azithromycin

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Senna exactly as instructed by the doctor. The single dose of this medicine is usually taken at bedtime. Do not take larger amounts than prescribed. Seek emergency medical treatment in case of any severe side effects.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by stimulating the intestines activity to produce a bowel movement. It also increases the water content in stool to make the stool soft.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Laxatives

Schedule

N/A

[Internet]. 2017 [cited 10 August 2017]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/11167

DailyMed - BEST CHOICE SENNA- sennosides tablet [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 10 August 2017]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=6ea60079-5464-4f27-8015-d987b3b2a59a

Prescribing medicines in pregnancy database [Internet]. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 2017 [cited 10 August 2017]. Available from:

http://www.tga.gov.au/prescribing-medicines-pregnancy-database

Senna: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2017 [cited 10 August 2017]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a601112.html

Sennosides - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2017 [cited 10 August 2017]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB11365

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Information on this page was last updated on 15 Aug 2017

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