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 125 42
Bowel problems 39 10
Bowel irritability 11 2
Chronic constipation 6 3
Irritable bowel syndrome 4 2
Multiple system atrophy 2 1

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  • 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 39

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Senna

Dosage Patients
8.6 mg daily 9
17.2 mg daily 4
8.6mg as needed 3
2 8.6mg as needed 2
1 other daily 1
1 tablet(s) daily 1
1 tbs. daily 1
2 other daily 1
3 tablet(s) daily 1
8.6 mg m,w,f 1

See all 28 dosages

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 5
Side effects too severe 3
Personal research 2
Expense 1
See all 38 patients who've stopped taking Senna

Duration

Currently taking Senna

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 7
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 7
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 31
Usually 14
Sometimes 6
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 39
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 19
Not specified 34

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

Jun 1, 2013 (Started Jan 31, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 17.2 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 30, 2013 (Started Nov 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    Severe (too iritant on the boels, bowel irritability)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 17, 2012 (Started Nov 12, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 29, 2012 (Started Mar 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks
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