OF SENNA/SENNOSIDES AS LAXATIVE
much is usually taken? It’s best to follow the instructions
on the label of over-the-counter senna products. Some
doctors suggest an herbal extract in capsules or tablets
providing 20–60 mg of sennosides per day. This can be
continued for a maximum of ten days maximum. Use beyond
ten days is strongly discouraged. If constipation is
not alleviated within ten days, individuals should seek
the help of a healthcare professional. Combination with
herbal mint teas can help decrease cramping. Half the
adult amount of senna can be safely used in children
over the age of six.
Enteric-Coated or Uncoated containing 37.5 to 90 mg of
Calcium Sennosides equivalent to 7.5 to 18 mg of Hydroxyanthracene
glucosides as Sennoside B per tablet
With or without other components like Isabgol, Cascara
sagrada etc. containing raw powdered herb or Calcium
Sennosides equivalent to 5 to 30 mg of Hydroxyanthracene
glucosides as Sennoside B per dose
Syrup or fluid extract with or without alcohol containing
5 to 30 mg of Hydroxyanthracene glucosides as Sennoside
B per dose
Also presented in the form of herbal teas, chocolate
Tablet--Swallow with liquid. If you can't swallow whole,
chew or crumble tablet and take with liquid or food.
Liquid, granules--Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water each
day, in addition to one taken with each dose.
Suppositories--Remove wrapper and moisten suppository
with water. Gently insert larger end into rectum. Push
well into rectum with finger.
Usually at bedtime with a snack, unless directed otherwise.
you forget a dose:
Take as soon as you remember.
Acts on smooth muscles of intestine wall to cause vigorous
lapse before drug works:
6 to 10 hours.
Don't take within 2 hours of taking another medicine.
Laxative interferes with medicine absorption.