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What is this medicine?

SENNA (SEN uh) is a laxative. This medicine is used to relieve constipation. It may also be used to empty and prepare the bowel for surgery or examination.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions
  • appendicitis
  • stomach pain or blockage
  • vomiting
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to senna, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the package. Always take with plenty of water. Take exactly as directed. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this medicine may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. However, this medicine may affect the time other medicines stay in the stomach. It is best not to take this medicine within 1 to 2 hours of taking other medicines.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Do not use this medicine for longer than directed by your doctor or health care professional. This medicine can be habit- forming. Long- term use can make your body depend on the laxative for regular bowel movements, damage the bowel, cause malnutrition, and problems with the amounts of water and salts in your body. If your constipation keeps returning, check with your doctor or health care professional.

               
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