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Sennosides Senna

Sennosides - What is it for

​Senna / Sennosides is used to treat constipation. It usually takes 6 to 12 hours to work.

Sennosides - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Sennosides cause?

​Side effects of senna include stomach cramps, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting.

  • Consult your healthcare professional if the symptoms do not go away or become bothersome.

Consult your healthcare professional if you have bleeding from the anus or blood in your stool or vomit.

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

Before taking Sennosides, what precautions must I follow?

​Inform your healthcare professional if:

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding
  • You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies.
  • Inform your healthcare professional if you have or had a history of bowel obstruction.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Sennosides?

​Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking or intend to take any other medication, supplements, traditional medications or herbal remedies.

Sennosides - Dosage and How to Use

How should Sennosides be used?

  • ​Do not stop taking your medication without checking with your healthcare professional.
  • You may take this medication with food and water.
  • Take this medication two hours before or after other medications. This medicine is best taken at bedtime.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

​If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Sennosides - Handling

How should I handle Sennosides safely?

Sennosides - Storage

How should I store Sennosides?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#

How should I dispose of Sennosides safely?

Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.

Sennosides - Additional Information

  • Updated on Monday, September 30, 2019
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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