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Senna

Common brand names:

Ex-Lax, Fletcher's Castoria, Senokot

Senna is a laxative used for short-term treatment of constipation. It is available as nonprescription drugs and as herbal products.

Summary of Interactions with Vitamins, Herbs, & Foods

  • Explanation Required

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    • Senna

      Potassium

      Needs Explanation

      Overuse or misuse of laxatives, including senna, can cause water, sodium, and potassium depletion. To avoid depletion problems, people should limit laxative use, including senna, to one week or less.

      Potassium
      Senna
      ×
      1. Threlkeld DS, ed. Gastrointestinal Drugs, Laxatives. In Facts and Comparisons Drug Information. St. Louis, MO: Facts and Comparisons, May 1991, 318a-9.
    • Senna

      Sodium

      Needs Explanation

      Overuse or misuse of laxatives, including senna, can cause water, sodium, and potassium depletion. To avoid depletion problems, people should limit laxative use, including senna, to one week or less.

      Sodium
      Senna
      ×
      1. Threlkeld DS, ed. Gastrointestinal Drugs, Laxatives. In Facts and Comparisons Drug Information. St. Louis, MO: Facts and Comparisons, May 1991, 318a-9.
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