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Senna (Prescription)
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Senna (Prescription) Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(SEN na)

U.S. Brand Names

Black-Draught™ Tablets [OTC]; Evac-U-Gen [OTC]; ex-lax® Maximum Strength [OTC]; ex-lax® [OTC]; Fleet® Pedia-Lax™ Quick Dissolve [OTC]; Fletcher's® [OTC]; Little Tummys® Laxative [OTC]; Perdiem® Overnight Relief [OTC]; Senexon® [OTC]; Senna-Gen® [OTC]; SenokotXTRA® [OTC]; Senokot® [OTC]; SenoSol™ [OTC] [DSC]; SenoSol™-X [OTC] [DSC]; Uni-Cenna [OTC] [DSC]

Mexican Brand Names


Pharmacologic Category

Laxative, Stimulant

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to senna or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have any of the following conditions: Intestinal blockage, belly pain, nausea, rectal bleeding, vomiting, or change in bowel habits lasting >2 weeks.

• If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

How does it work?

• Senna increases the activity of the bowel.

How is it best taken?

• Drink plenty of noncaffeine-containing liquid unless told to drink less liquid by healthcare provider.

• This medicine should only be given for a short time.

• May be taken once or twice daily as directed.

• Take this medicine at bedtime if taking once daily.

• Mix with juice, milk, water, or sweet foods to improve taste.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Many times this medicine is taken on an as needed basis.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2005-04-07 17:17:41.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:18:07.0

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