Manufactured from the natural vegetable laxative ingredient, senna, Senokot laxatives provide gentle, overnight relief of constipation.

What is the Natural Vegetable Laxative Ingredient in Senokot Products?

Senna has been grown for use as a laxative since ancient Egyptian times. After being ground to a fine powder, the senna undergoes a scientific "standardization process" to ensure consistent potency with every recommended dose.

Senokot Quality Control Process

In short, our Quality Control Process means that every Senokot Laxative product contains the same amount of purified senna in every product, and every recommended dose, every time.

How Senokot Laxatives Work

When you take Senokot Laxatives, 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 series of wave-like contractions called peristalsis. It is peristalsis that moves the stool along and results in a bowel movement, usually within 6 to 12 hours.

When taken at bedtime, the purified, standardized senna in all Senokot Laxatives provides for gentle, overnight relief of occasional constipation.

Which Senokot Product is Right for Me?

With three Senokot products to choose from, visit our products section to understand which product is best for your needs. If you're still unsure, use our interactive questionnaire to determine which product is best.

When to take a Laxative

Constipation is defined as abnormally delayed or infrequent passage of dry, hardened feces. Discomfort and straining from the passage of hard, dry stools are frequently associated with constipation, as are excessive gas and bloating.

If travel, eating on the run or small changes in your diet, fluid intake, or exercise regimen have slowed your bowels, just getting back on your regular schedule may help you return to a normal bowel routine.

But when diet and lifestyle changes are not enough, or when your constipation is the result of a medication you need to take, laxatives may be an appropriate treatment. There are several options to consider when choosing an appropriate laxative. Stimulant laxatives act to move stools through your intestines. The addition of a stool softener is helpful when constipation is accompanied by difficult or painful evacuation.