- What is sennosides A&B-oral tablet, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for sennosides A&B-oral tablet?
- Is sennosides A&B-oral tablet available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for sennosides A&B-oral tablet?
- What are the side effects of sennosides A&B-oral tablet?
- What is the dosage for sennosides A&B-oral tablet?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with sennosides A&B-oral tablet?
- Is sennosides A&B-oral tablet safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about sennosides A&B-oral tablet?
What is sennosides A&B-oral tablet, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Senna is a natural medicine derived from the senna plant. Senna contains sennosides which acts as a stimulant laxative. It works by irritating and stimulating intestinal cells, producing contractions in intestines, water influx to the intestines and bowel movement.
What is the dosage for sennosides A&B-oral tablet?
- Adults and children 12 years of age and over: The recommended starting dose is to use two 8.6 mg tablets by mouth once a day; maximum daily dose is 100 mg.
- Children 6 to 12 years of age: The recommended starting dose is to use one 8.6 mg by mouth once a day; maximum daily dose 50 mg a day.
- Children 2 to 6 years of age: The recommended dose is 4.3 to 17.2 mg per day.
- Safe and effective use of sennosides is not established in children younger than 2 years of age.
Which drugs or supplements interact with sennosides A&B-oral tablet?
Is sennosides A&B-oral tablet safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies done on sennosides to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women.
What else should I know about sennosides A&B-oral tablet?
What preparations of sennosides A&B-oral tablet are available?
Tablets: 8.6, 15, 25 mg; Chewable Tablet: 10, 15 mg; Liquid or Syrup: 8.8 mg/5 ml; Concentrated oral drops: 8.8 mg/ml
How should I keep sennosides A&B-oral tablet stored?
Store sennosides tablets between 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F).
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Senna (sennosides; Senokot, Senokot EXTRA, and others) is a natural medicine used to treat constipation. Side effects, drug interactions, dosage, and pregnancy safety information should be reviewed prior to taking this supplement.
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