What is senna?
The use of senna in cultural and traditional settings may differ from concepts accepted by current Western medicine. When considering the use of herbal supplements, consultation with a primary health care professional is advisable. Additionally, consultation with a practitioner trained in the uses of herbal/health supplements may be beneficial, and coordination of treatment among all health care providers involved may be advantageous.
Senna is also known as Cassia senna, tinnevelly senna, India senna, Alexandrian senna, and Khartoum senna.
Senna has been used in the treatment of constipation.
Senna has not been evaluated by the FDA for safety, effectiveness, or purity. All potential risks and/or advantages of senna may not be known. Additionally, there are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for these compounds. There have been instances where herbal/health supplements have been sold which were contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.
Senna may also have uses other than those listed in this product guide.
Do not take senna without first talking to your doctor if you have
- an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis,
- other intestinal problems, or
- abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting.
You may not be able to take senna or you may require special monitoring while taking senna if you have any of the conditions listed above.
Also, talk to your doctor before taking senna if you have any other medical conditions, allergies, or if you take other medicines or herbal/health supplements. Senna may not be recommended in some situations.
Do not take senna without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant.
Do not take senna without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Some forms of senna are formulated for use by children. Talk to the child’s doctor before using this product to treat a child.
There are no known restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while taking senna, unless otherwise directed by your health care provider.
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Seek emergency medical attention.
Symptoms of a senna overdose are not known.
No information is available regarding a missed dose of senna. Consult your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider if you require further information.
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Although uncommon, allergic reactions to senna have been reported. Stop taking senna and seek emergency medical attention if you experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives.
Prolonged use of senna has been reported to cause:
- chronic diarrhea causing excessive electrolyte and nutrient loss,
- worsened constipation after senna withdrawal (laxative dependency),
- enlargement of the ends of the fingers and toes, and
- pigmentation of the colon.
Notify your doctor if the constipation does not improve after one week of treatment with senna.
Other less serious side effects have also been infrequently reported. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you experience
- abdominal cramping,
- diarrhea, or
- discoloration of the urine.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care professional about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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There are no reported interactions between senna and other medications. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines or other herbal/health supplements.
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Available Strengths & Dosages
||8.8 mg/5 mL
||leaf extract 176 mg/5 mL
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