senna (sennosides; Senokot, Senokot EXTRA and others) (cont.)

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DRUG INTERACTIONS: Sennosides should be cautiously in patients taking digoxin (Lanoxin). Sennosides can lower potassium levels, causing digoxin toxicity.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies done on sennosides to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether sennosides enters breast milk; therefore, it is best to be cautious before using it in nursing mothers.

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of sennosides are abdominal pain, diarrhea, electrolyte imbalance, nausea, urine discoloration, and finger clubbing from long-term use.

REFERENCES: MedscapeReference. Constipation Medication.

MedlinePlus. Senna.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/16/2014

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