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Senna for Constipation User Reviews

Brand names: Senokot, Senna Lax, Ex-Lax, Ex-Lax Chocolated, Agoral, Correctol Herbal Tea Laxative, Swiss Kriss, SenoSol, Gentlax Ex-Lax Gentle Nature Fletchers Castoria Dosaflex Dr Caldwell Laxative Innerclean Black Draught SenoSol-X Geri-Kot …show all brand names

Senna has an average rating of 5.2 out of 10 from a total of 269 reviews for the treatment of Constipation. 38% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 44% reported a negative experience.

Senna rating summary

5.2/10 average rating

269 ratings from 292 user reviews.

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Reviews for Senna

  • Bunny
  • October 2, 2020

Senokot (senna) "DO NOT TAKE Senokot!! I took two pills last night at around 11pm. This morning I woke up and had a decent bowel movement, but around 11am I was struck with EXTREME abdominal cramps. They were/are so bad that I couldn’t breathe or talk, I could barely even scream (I have a very good pain tolerance when it comes to things like this). Please for the love of god use some miralax, Dulcolax, magnesium citrate, any thing but this. I will never take Senokot ever again, the only redeeming factor was I was able to go to the bathroom but I’d 100% rather be constipated. It’s currently 3pm and the extreme pain is still on and off."

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  • User
  • October 18, 2019

Senokot (senna) "The amount of negative reviews on senokot on here is shocking. I had constipation for the 1st time. 5 days, nothing helped. So I got Senokot, I read the reviews and it scared me, but I needed to get some relief, so I took 1 pill. I felt a bit funny that night and I woke up several times at but nothing bad. I think it was just the paranoia. I woke up in the morning and nothing, no pain but also no poo. Finally, after breakfast, a big poo came (12h after taking the pill). And another one. I felt a bit weird and a bit uncomfortable in my stomach for about 2 hours, but nothing terrible, no cramps, no diarrhoea. For the rest of the day I felt okay, ate normally, had coffee, no problems. Luckily I did not need to take it again. Overall, the drug worked well for me (I also ate a lot of high fibre foods that day, so maybe that helped) Everyone is different but please don't get scared off by the terrible reviews, I think those are extreme cases."

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  • Blonde
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • August 25, 2020

Senokot (senna) "Due to other medical issues, I have been dealing with long term constipation and can sometimes go a week without a bowel movement. I have tried several medications and have sound senokot to be the most gentle. My experience is fairly care free. I take the maximum dose and have not experienced any nausea. I have had some random pains but they never last long, and find myself passing gas after taking a dosage. The end product is successful. Make sure to drink lots of fluids with and after your dose. It makes a huge difference! Also, for comparison, a while ago I tried dulcolax and it was a nightmare. I felt so nauseated and actually vomited. Groaned and convulsed in pain for hours. Senokot, did not give me any problems! This just proves everyone’s body reacts differently to products."

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  • Beryl...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • June 19, 2021

Senokot (senna) "I had a terrible experience with this drug. The worst stomach cramps I’ve ever had. Chills and nausea too. 15 hours later I feel wiped out and doubled over in pain still. My legs and calves cramped also all night and are still cramping. I would never take this again and I urge caution before taking this."

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  • Nama
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • June 27, 2019

Senokot (senna) "I am so shocked by the bad reviews of Senokot. I am not constipated often but it is the best thing I have ever tried when I am. My doctor recommended Dulcolax when I had a problem once and never again. The pain I had was like having another baby. I use Senekot because it is so gentle with no side effects or cramping. Just a gentle normal bowel movement the next day. I even brought it to my mom in the Nursing home after she had a hysterectomy and was in awful pain mostly from constipation. Nothing they did for her helped. Just caused more cramping. Several hours after the Senekot she was able to have a normal bowl movement and no more pain or constipation. This was a God sent for her."

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  • Sychr...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • August 25, 2019

Senokot (senna) "Hello, I took Senokot at about 10:00pm at night and was fine, at about 12:00am holy crap all hell broke loose!! Tummy muscle spasms, painful stomach pains, gas pains, light headed, dizziness, extreme sweating, increased anxiety ,trouble breathing, chest tightness, chest pains...BUT NO BOWEL MOVEMENT!! it is now 1:15am and I am still having these side effects feeling like I'm going to die or something. I am literally staying up all night because of this poison! I'm so scared right now and no way am I going to the hospital because hospitals suck where I live. Can't tell if I'm dying or having a severe allergic reaction. Help! I'm never taking these again!!"

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  • Anony...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • June 19, 2021

Senokot (senna) "I used this one time in February following a bout of awful constipation that came out of nowhere. I took the recommended dosage and waited. However over night I started to feel nauseous, this feeling intensified as the night went on until I was actually being sick. Everything and anything I ate or drank (including water) came back up. I had to go to hospital and I was given morphine and cyclizine (anti sickness) to help with the projectile vomiting and nausea. I had to stay in hospital for a month after using this. Horrible experience and it didn’t relieve my constipation at all. The minute I was discharged I threw the whole packet in the bin! If I could give 0 stars I would."

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  • Anonymous
  • April 25, 2020

Senokot (senna) "I have IBS and sometimes take usually only half a tablet before before to sleep. I have mixed results generally but last night I had a similar experience to some others I’ve seen on here, in that I woke up a couple of hours after taking the tablet, feeling unwell with cramps, then I got the cold sweats and dizziness and I crawled to the bathroom and retched and vomited. No bowel movement just cramps. I went back to bed and still felt pretty sick and was shivering. I even dozed off fitfully a few times but when I woke up properly, the nausea and cramps had passed and I had a very volumous bowel movement an hour after getting up. The medicine generally works for me but you have to be prepared for very unpleasant side effects in getting there."

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  • Green...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • January 15, 2021

Senokot (senna) "Well, Senokot certainly work but I wouldn’t take again. The only advice in hindsight is that if you are small, I’m female and 8.5 stone/120 lbs take half a tablet as my husband is 12.5 stone / 175 lbs and it’s still one tablet for him on the directions. I hadn’t been for a couple of days, they were in the medicine cupboard so I took one tablet before bed on a Friday night having never taken a laxative before. At the witching hour of 3am I only just made it to the loo in time. I thought I I was hooked up to a hose. I don’t know about emptying your bowels....I thought my bowels would be following on out, closely followed by my intestines and any other vital organ that got in the way. And there I sat for 4 hours. When it felt safe to leave the bowl I lay on the bed like a shrivelled prune for another 4 hours, feeling dreadful and nauseous. Be warned! 100% effective but with side effects."

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  • Tan
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • October 3, 2019

Senokot (senna) "Oh my goodness took this medication thinking it would help me It worked the littlest bit still can’t really go But the side effects Cold , shivering, breaking out in sweats , severe stomach pain , dizzy, lightheaded, basically passed out thought I was going to die. It is 2 days since I took it and I still feel awful Will never ever take again"

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  • DO...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • December 4, 2018

Senokot (senna) "DO NOT USE. SEVERE stomach pain, cold sweats, light headedness. My stomach started gurgling about an hour after taking 2 tablets followed by bowel movements. But the INTENSE ABDOMINAL PAIN kept me awake all night. I thought something else might have been really wrong, but after reading many other Senokot reviews I realize I’m not the only one suffering from the consequences of putting this in my body. DO NOT TAKE!"

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  • Rosso
  • Taken for 5 to 10 years
  • February 7, 2020

"The people complaining about Senna need to know how it works. It is a stimulant laxative, it will not soften your poo, to soften it you need an osmotic laxative, but you stimulate movement Senna is the absolute best! Incredible laxative I love the stuff. I use heavy pain meds so get constipation. I use macrogol (Aka Movicol) to soften my bowel motions and Senna to help push it along. Very predictable relief and works every time, thank God for Senna. If your poo is rock solid as your dehydrated taking Senna won’t help you and it might cause pain, you should only take Senna when you know your hydrated and your stools are soft. Most people can just take Senna without even thinking about this but people who are severely blocked up and their stool have become hardened then you need to soften the stoolo first with Movicol or any other osmotic laxative, there are a few different types, don’t use just one, use two and it will have a synergistic effect"

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  • Misty
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • February 27, 2020

Senokot (senna) "I have chronic constipation due to daily medications. I use the senokot.-S. I take the higher dosage once a week and follow up the next day with 2 in the morning and 2 at night. It gently works for me, no cramps no pain, just relief. I may have additional bm for three days after the dosing but that is what I want. Check with your doctor about what is best for you."

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  • Rano
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • August 28, 2020

Senokot (senna) "I was having constipation problems for a week and my doctor told me to get Senekot-S. I took 2 before bedtime around 11pm and then at 8am when I woke up I had diarrhea. He told me it would be normal, but for the next 3 hours I kept going back to the bathroom with diarrhea. I write this with severe cramping, nausea and dizziness still. I’ve never taken a laxative in my life so maybe my stomach can’t handle them. I feel so nauseous and weak I’m never taking this again. I will say that it worked as the whole week I couldn’t go to the bathroom and I felt full, but today it felt clear although I’m not sure how worth it it was with these side effects."

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  • Cheyc...
  • February 16, 2021

Senokot (senna) "I was a bit hesitant to use this product after seeing some of the reviews but I went ahead and I have to say this product is for me. I’ve always had an issue with bowel movement and have, for years, taken a more natural product. That product, unfortunately, is no longer available. I panicked and tried several other methods and nothing worked. Then I tried Senokot. I took 2 tablets and within 6 hours I had a gentle bowel movement. It actually keeps me going for 2 days so I take it every other day. I was so pleased since my intestines are sensitive to everything! I will discuss this with my doctor, and see what they have to say, since this is for occasional constipation and I would like to take it long term."

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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • February 11, 2021

Senokot (senna) "I took this once awhile ago and it was great, no pain and relief. Because I had a good experience the next time I was constipated I was relieved to know I could take one...VERY different expertise second time around. The extreme pain and cramping started about 16 hours after taking, I've had 4 children and the cramps felt like labor pains, I has nausea and weakness. Almost 24 hours later my stomach is bloated, I'm exhausted and while I've gone to the bathroom I have not had a good bowel movement yet. I will never take again."

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  • MadeA...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • September 4, 2017

Senokot (senna) "Please do not take this medicine. Oh my goodness I can't express enough what this put me through past 2 days. I took yesterday at 7am was fine all day till after dinner at 6:30. Then I felt major gas like pains that took me to my knees. The pain had me sounding like a dying moose. Then came the nausea and vomiting felt like the worst food poisoning ever. I was so hot and sweating like crazy then literally freezing. The urgency to vomit and poo made me loose total control of my bladder . I was so weak from the torturing pain I could hardly speak or move. I wanted to lay down in fetal position not moving to prevent the pain to come back. During all this I felt delirious & my heart was pounding the whole time through out the night. DONT USE!"

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  • Amad
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • December 17, 2019

Senokot (senna) "I suffer from constipation due to medication I take. I am prone to getting hemorrhoids. So it hurts when I have a bowel movement. This helps soften and pass my stools and doesn't irritate my hemorrhoids."

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  • BAT
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • February 24, 2021

Senokot (senna) "Horrifying. Like another said, I'm a mom as well, and the pain from this drug was the worse than labor pain- couldn't agree more. I also had, the nausea, sweating then chills, and am suffering from PTSD from it. For 2 hours I was screaming the pain was so bad, the thought of riding in an ambulance with a morphine drip was what kept me alive. I'm considering a lawsuit. I did survive (obviously), but next day, I had pains all over my stomach area like I did 1000 crunches, and its mostly my stomach more then my intestines."

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  • At...
  • April 10, 2010

Senokot (senna) "My doctor had prescribed Senokot 8.6mg tablets, 1x twice daily as needed to help compensate for my constipation that is commonly caused by narcotic pain relievers, such as Morphine, Methadone, oxycodone. At first it was great. I had no discoloration, no bloating, it was comfortable and gentle, almost as if it were natural. However, after about 3 months my bowels did start to become lazy and my Doctor had to give me something else in which to alternate off and on with. If while on this you notice the time between movements has increased to the point where you are "certain" it has, TELL YOUR DOCTOR! You'll just hurt yourself more the longer you wait."

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  • Bird
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • October 15, 2020

Senokot (senna) "I was constipated for 4 going on 5 days. I have never taken a laxative before and figured going herbal was the best way. I took two extra strength Senokot pills before bed, woke up around 6am with intense cramps. Had terrible cramps for hours until I finally made a BM around 11am. I realized taking two extra strength might of been too much - I just wanted it to get the job done. It did, but I still had stomach discomfort at 4:30pm. Somewhat annoyed at the side effects but it worked."

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  • Jen
  • January 25, 2020

Senokot (senna) "Went to hospital for back pain where they gave me a ton of meds that binded me up and I was afraid to get fecal impaction so I took 2 tabs if Senna and holy moly I have been in severe pain for like 4 hrs......never again. I went poo and now have tremors in tummy and feeling sick to boot with pain."

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  • NoNoN...
  • September 21, 2015

Senokot (senna) "Took only one tablet (directions said to take 2) at 9pm after being constipated and miserable for a week. Two hours later I was doubled over with the most agonizingly painful stomach cramps I have ever experienced. Was on the toilet for 3 hours without any bowel movement, literally screaming from the pain. I honestly thought I was going to have to call 911. Finally had explosive diarrhea for the next hour. Slept on the bathroom floor and had intermittent diarrhea all night. I would rather be constipated for a month than go through that again. Second worst pain I've ever experienced (first worst was a second degree sunburn on my feet and legs)."

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  • charl...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • December 21, 2014

Senokot (senna) "I suffered constipation for the past three days because of traveling. I tried a bunch of home remedies but nothing seemed to work, and I felt extremely uncomfortable with stomach pain as well. So, I went to the nearest pharmacist and they gave me Senokot. They told me to take two Senokot tablets straight away, so I took two at 3:00 P.M. As I waited I still felt very uncomfortable. At about 10:00 P.M my stomach started to make some noises, so I assumed that the laxatives were finally kicking in. At around 12 I went to the bathroom, and finally I was able to get some bowel movement! I still had to push and all, but it did come out eventually and I was extremely happy as I felt fresh afterwards. No pain at all!"

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  • tbano
  • April 11, 2021

Senokot (senna) "I’m going to be as honest as possible here, yesterday I was extremely constipated and I couldn’t go to the washroom for the past few days, my brother has IBS and recommend senokot to me, he loves it. I took it at bedtime as recommended, took 2, and this morning I am suffering from extreme abdominal cramping, I’m nauseous and I have chills. I didn’t even get it all out! I literally feels like I have the flu after taking this, I cannot even get through my day. It worked for my brother, he likes it, but I will never take this again, I’ll stick to durolax or metamucil for now."

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