Senna contains sennosides which work as a stimulant laxative for the short term relief of occasional constipation. Constipation is a fairly common and uncomfortable complaint. It usually involves difficult or irregular bowel movements, accompanied by hard, dry motions which can be painful to pass. Laxatives do not help with weight loss.
Adults and the elderly:
One to two tablets at bedtime with a drink of water, unless otherwise advised by your doctor.
This medicine should not be used by children under 18 years of age.
Duration of use
Normally it is sufficient to take this medicine up to two to three times a week.
Not to be used for more than one week.
Do not take if you:
- Are allergic to any of the ingredients
- Have blockage or narrowing of the gastro-intestinal tract or bowel (ileus, intestinal obstruction or stenosis)
- Have paralysis or a lack of muscle tone in the bowel (atony)
- Have appendicitis, inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.
- Have severe dehydration
- Have persistent or undiagnosed abdominal complaints e.g pain, nausea, or vomiting
- Have faecal impaction or rectal bleeding for which you don't know the cause, or blood in your stools
- Have already taken a laxative and are still constipated
- Have had a sudden change in bowel habit that has lasted for more than 2 weeks
- Are pregnant or breast-feeding
- Have kidney or heart failure
- Are under 18 years of age unless advised by a medical professional
Does this help with weight loss?
- Stimulant laxatives (including senna 7.5mg tablets) do not help with weight loss.
- They do not reduce the absorption of calories or nutrients.
- They can cause watery stools (diarrhoea), abdominal cramps and dehydration. Dehydration can seem like weight loss.
Overuse of laxatives may damage your health by:
- Causing disturbances of electrolyte and mineral balances. Sodium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus are electrolytes and minerals that are present in very specific amounts necessary for proper functioning of the nerves and muscles, including those of the colon and heart. Upsetting this delicate balance can cause incorrect functioning of these vital organs.
- Severe dehydration may cause tremors, weakness, blurry vision, fainting, kidney damage, and, in extreme cases, death. Dehydration often requires medical treatment.
- Laxative dependency occurs from overuse and can cause the colon to stop reacting to usual doses of laxatives so that larger and larger amounts of laxatives may be needed to produce bowel movements.
Do not exceed the stated dose.
Keep out of reach of children.
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