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Senna



Senna is an herbal medicine used to treat constipation (trouble having a bowel movement). Other names for Senna include: Alexandrian, Timmevelly, Cassia, and Indian Senna. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

 
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Senna is an herbal medicine used to treat constipation (trouble having a bowel movement). Other names for Senna include: Alexandrian, Timmevelly, Cassia, and Indian Senna. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

Storage
  • Keep all medicine locked up and away from children.
  • Store medicine away from heat and direct light.
  • Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places.
  • Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work.
  • Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need.
  • Never share your medicine with others.


How To Use
  • Talk with your caregiver about how much Senna you should take.
  • The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Senna.
  • If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle.
  • Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.

Side Effects
  • Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects.
  • Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it. Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest . Chest pain . Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin.

Precautions
  • Tell your doctor if you ... are taking medicine or are allergic to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement) . are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine . are breastfeeding . have any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease.


Drug Interactions
  • Before taking Senna, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding . Do not use Senna preparations longer than 1 week (4) . Do not use Senna if you have a bowel obstruction (blockage) (4) . Do not use if you have nausea (upset stomach), vomiting (throwing up), or other symptoms of appendicitis (4) . Do not use if you have any stomach pain for which you have not seen a doctor (4) . Do not use if you have acute stomach irritation (Crohn?s disease, appendicitis) (4) . Children less than 12 years should not use Senna (4) . Using too much Senna, or for too long, or not drinking enough water when using Senna, can cause problems with electrolyte (chemical) imbalance and may cause heart and other problems (4) . Using too much Senna, or for too long, can make your body become used to Senna.
  • This may keep you from having a normal bowel movement unless you use Senna (laxative-dependency syndrome) (4,8)..

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