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Senna

Who should not take senna?

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  • AStacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answered
    Do not take senna if you have had an allergic reaction to a laxative containing senna.

    If you are currently taking another laxative, a diuretic or a blood thinner, talk to your doctor before taking senna.

    Talk to your doctor about the possible dangers of taking senna if you have ever had heart disease or a bowel disorder like Crohn's disease or ulcers. Talk to your doctor if you have stomach pain, nausea or vomiting.

    If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor before taking senna. If you are breastfeeding and your baby develops diarrhea, stop taking senna, as senna can be transferred to a baby through breast milk.

    Young children may get serious rashes from taking senna. Use extreme caution when giving senna to children.

  • AMarjorie Nolan Cohn, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Senna is not recommended for anyone on a regular basis, for a one time use it can be used for a laxative when constipated.

    Senna is one of many herbal laxatives; it is often an ingredient in ‘diet teas.’ It stimulates the colon, and stimulates extreme diarrhea, nausea, and dehydration. Weight loss is a direct result of water loss, not fat loss. Drinking tea with senna is considered to be habit forming, as habit forming as using laxatives, making it impossible to have a bowl movement without it.

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