If you’re feeling all bunged up and need a natural remedy for your constipation senna tablets can help. …read moreSee less
Derived from the senna plant, these laxatives are a natural remedy for constipation that helps to get things moving gently.
They take around 8 hours to work, so if you’re feeling constipated take senna before bed and feel the benefits the following morning.
Senna is available in a wide range of constipation treatments including brands like Senokot and generic options which can be kinder to your wallet.
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Do Senna laxatives have any side effects?
What’s the usual dosage of Senna?
For adults and children over the age of 12, the usual dosage of Senna tablets is one or two tablets before bed.
However, this can vary depending on the product and the age of the person taking the medicine, so always read the patient information leaflet included with your medication carefully, or follow the dosage advice of your doctor or pharmacist.
Click the link below to find the patient information leaflets for many products which use Senna as an active ingredient.
These leaflets contain the dosage of each product and lots of other important information that you'll need to know before taking your medication.
Can I use Senna if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking any products that contain Senna.
Constipation is common during pregnancy, but medical professionals usually prefer that you manage constipation by changing your diet or other lifestyle choices.
If this does not work, then you may be recommended a laxative, but do not take one unless specifically advised to do so by your doctor, nurse, midwife, or pharmacist.
What is constipation?
Constipation isn’t just about not being able to go to the toilet - rather, it describes a collection of symptoms that include hard, pellet-like stools; excessive straining, a sensation that you are unable to go, and a decrease in bowel movements.
The source of constipation varies, but it could be caused by medication, lack of fibre, dehydration, stress, exercise, hormones, or ignoring the urge to go to the toilet.
However, it’s important to remember that constipation is subjective to the individual, and it’s very normal to not have a daily bowel movement.