Senna Plus

Pronunciation

Generic Name: docusate/sennosides (DOCK-yoo-sate/SEN-oh-sides)
Brand Name: Examples include Senna Plus and Senokot S

Senna Plus is used for:

Relieving occasional constipation (irregularity).

Senna Plus is a stool softener and laxative combination. It works by softening the stool and increasing water content to allow easier passage of the stool.

Do NOT use Senna Plus if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Senna Plus
  • you have appendicitis, fecal impaction, blood in the stool, or a blockage of your bowel, or you have recently had abdominal surgery
  • you are taking mineral oil or you have been using a laxative for longer than 1 week

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Senna Plus:

Some medical conditions may interact with Senna Plus. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have congestive heart failure, stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting, or if you notice a sudden change in bowel movements that continues for longer than 2 weeks

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Senna Plus. However, no specific interactions with Senna Plus are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if Senna Plus may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Senna Plus:

Use Senna Plus as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Senna Plus at bedtime unless directed otherwise by your health care provider.
  • If you miss taking a dose of Senna Plus for 1 or more days, there is no cause for concern. If your doctor recommended that you take it, try to remember your dose every day.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Senna Plus.

Important safety information:

  • Do not use Senna Plus if the safety seal is broken or missing.
  • Stop using Senna Plus and contact your health care provider if you have rectal bleeding or fail to have a bowel movement after using Senna Plus. These may be signs of a serious condition.
  • Senna Plus should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 6 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Senna Plus while you are pregnant. It is not known if Senna Plus is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Senna Plus, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Senna Plus:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. When used in small doses, no COMMON side effects have been reported with this product. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black, tarry stools; severe stomach pain.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include abdominal cramps; diarrhea.

Proper storage of Senna Plus:

Store Senna Plus at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Senna Plus out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Senna Plus, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Senna Plus is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Senna Plus or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Senna Plus. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Senna Plus. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Senna Plus.

Issue Date: November 5, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.002
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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