What is Senna?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

Most popular types: Senokot Sennosides Senna Lax Show all

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See also: Peri-Colace

Senna is a large genus of about 250-260 species of flowering plants containing the substance anthraquinone. This is a natural laxative used as the primary ingredient in certain commercial stimulant laxatives. It can also be made as a tea using senna leaves.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Constipation 121 39
Bowel problems 37 9
Bowel irritability 11 2
Chronic constipation 6 3
Irritable bowel syndrome 4 2
Multiple system atrophy 2 1

Show all 17 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
2
Moderate
8
Mild
5
None
36

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Senna

Side effect Patients
Abdominal cramps 3
Abdominal bloating 2
Diarrhea 2
Flatulence 2
Stomach pain 2
Bowel irritability 1

Show all 11 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Senna

Dosage Patients
8.6 mg daily 11
17.2 mg daily 5
8.6mg as needed 3
1 other daily 2
1tablet(s) as needed 2
2 8.6mg as needed 2
1 tablet(s) daily 1
1 tbs. daily 1
1 mg twice daily 1
2 other daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Senna

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 11
Did not seem to work 9
Course of treatment ended 8
Doctor's advice 4
Side effects too severe 3
Personal research 2
Expense 1
See all 37 patients who've stopped taking Senna

Duration

Currently taking Senna

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 9

Stopped taking Senna

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 29
Usually 14
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 11
Not at all hard to take 36
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 17
Not specified 33

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Senna and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Pyridostigmine (Mestinon) 1
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12 patient evaluations for Senna

Jul 15, 2017 (Started Jan 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 17.2 mg Daily

Aug 30, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 17.2 mg Daily

Aug 13, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 17.2 mg Daily

Nov 17, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 17.2 mg Daily

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Jan 15, 2017 (Started Jul 17, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bowel problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 34.4 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 21, 2016 (Started Jul 09, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 8.6 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: After my most recent hospital stay, I became more concerned about my medication induced constipation and began taking Senna as a method of getting some control over the condition. My doctor approved it for long term use.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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