Senokot®

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DO SENOKOT® PRODUCTS DO?

The purified, standardized senna in all Senokot® products provides for gentle, overnight relief of occasional constipation.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR SENOKOT® PRODUCTS TO WORK?

Senokot® products generally help relieve constipation symptoms in 6-12 hours.

WHAT IS THE NATURAL VEGETABLE LAXATIVE INGREDIENT IN SENOKOT® PRODUCTS?

Senokot® products contain the natural vegetable laxative ingredient senna. Senna has been grown for use as a laxative for centuries. After being ground to a fine powder, the senna undergoes a scientific "standardization process" to ensure consistent potency with every recommended dose.

HOW DO SENOKOT® PRODUCTS WORK?

When you take a Senokot® product, senna – the active agent in all Senokot laxative products – remains largely Inactive until it reaches the colon where special enzymes convert the senna into bowel-stimulating compounds called aglycones. These senna aglycones stimulate a nerve network called Auerbach's plexus which, in turn, sets in motion a serles of wave-like contractions called peristalsis. It Is peristalsis that moves the stool along and results in a bowel movement, usually within 6-12 hours.

WHAT IS THE TYPICAL DOSAGE STRENGTH FOR SENOKOT®?

Senokot® products are available in three formulations: Senokot® Regular Strength, Senokot-S® Dual Action, and Senokot® Extra Strength. Here are the dosage recommendations for each. If you have any questions, please consult the package, or call your physician or pharmacist for advice.

Senokot® Regular Strength
Adults and children 12 years and older:

  • Starting dosage: two tablets once a day
  • Maximum dosage: four tablets twice a day

Children six to under 12 years:

  • Starting dosage: one tablet once a day
  • Maximum dosage: two tablets twice a day

Children two to under six years:

  • Starting dosage: ½ tablet once a day
  • Maximum dosage: 1 tablet twice a day

Children under two:

  • Ask a doctor before use

Senokot-S® Dual Action
Adults and children 12 years and older:

  • Starting dosage: two tablets once a day
  • Maximum dosage: four tablets twice a day

Children six to under 12 years:

  • Starting dosage: one tablet once a day
  • Maximum dosage: two tablets twice a day

Children two to under six years:

  • Starting dosage: ½ tablet once a day
  • Maximum dosage: 1 tablet twice a day

Children under two:

  • Ask a doctor before use

Senokot® Extra Strength:
Adults and children 12 years and older:

  • Starting dosage: one tablet once a day
  • Maximum dosage: two tablets twice a day

Children six to under 12 years:

  • Starting dosage: ½ tablet once a day
  • Maximum dosage: one tablet twice a day

Children two to under six years:

  • Ask a doctor before use

WHEN SHOULD I TAKE SENOKOT® PRODUCTS?

Taking Senokot® at bedtime is recommended to help relieve constipation overnight. Refer to the Senokot® package for dosing instructions. Whenever you are unsure about what to do, please call your physician or pharmacist for advice.

HOW LONG SHOULD I TAKE SENOKOT®?

Do not use Senokot® for longer than one week without checking with your doctor.

CAN I TAKE SENOKOT® IF I'M PREGNANT?

If pregnant or breast-feeding, please ask your healthcare professional before use.

HOW LONG HAVE SENOKOT® LAXATIVES BEEN AVAILABLE?

For over 55 years, physicians and pharmacists have trusted and customers have relied on the Senokot® family of laxatives.

WHAT CAUSES CONSTIPATION?

Constipation can be caused by a variety of factors including travel, stress, taking certain medications, a sedentary lifestyle, or changes in diet or fluid Intake.

Certain medical conditions, disability, hospital stays, and medicine – Including prescription and over-the-counter medications – can all cause constipation as well.

ARE CERTAIN MEDICATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH OCCASIONAL CONSTIPATION?

Many prescription and commonly used, over-the-counter medications can disrupt your digestive system. Click here for information.

Some medications used to treat anemia, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and various cardiovascular conditions can also be associated with constipation.

Sometimes constipation is just a short-term problem. In other instances – such as when you are taking certain medications – constipation Is a side effect that may not lessen over time.

Ask your doctor for more Information and treatment options. Do not use laxative products for longer than one week unless directed by a doctor.

ARE THERE ANY PRECAUTIONS I SHOULD BE AWARE OF?

Do not use for longer than one week without checking with your doctor.

Do not use laxative products when abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting is present unless directed by a physician.

If you have noticed a sudden change in bowel movements that persists over a period of two weeks, consult a physician before using a laxative. Rectal bleeding or failure to have a bowel movement after use of a laxative may indicate a serious condition; discontinue use and consult your physician.

If you are pregnant or nursing a baby, seek the advice of a healthcare professional before using these products. In case of accidental overdose, seek professional assistance or contact a Polson Control Center immediately.

Keep out of children's reach.

Do not use Senokot-S If you are now taking mineral oil, unless told to do so by a healthcare professional.