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ALEXANDRIAN SENNA PODS BP
NAME OF THE MEDICINAL PRODUCT
Alexandrian Senna Pods
QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE COMPOSITION
Alexandrian Senna Pods 100% w/w
Used as a laxative.
Posology and method of administration
Adults, including the elderly:
Soak 6 to 8 senna pods in a glass of cold water for about 4 hours, drink the
infusion at bedtime.
In case of habitual constipation the number of pods may be increased or
diminished until satisfactory laxative action is brought into effect.
Prepare an infusion in cold water as above, care must be taken to use only
three or four senna pods, to which a little sugar may be added.
Where intestinal obstruction, abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting are present.
Special warnings and precautions for use
Excretion is by way of urine and faeces as well as by way of other secretions
including milk. Urine and Faeces may be coloured yellow or red in some
Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction
Pregnancy and lactation
Not suitable for use during pregnancy and lactation without medical advice.
Effects on ability to drive and use machines
The constant use of purgative s to induce a regular daily habit may decrease
the sensitivity of the intestinal mucous membranes so that larger doses have to
be taken and the bowel fails to respond to normal stimuli. Thus the
redevelopment of a normal habit is prevented.
Symptoms: Watery diarrhoea with excessive loss of water and electrolytes,
particularly potassium. Changes in the intestinal musculature associated with
malabsorption and dilation of the bowel, similar to ulcerative colitis an to
megacolon, have been observed after prolonged use of purgatives. Cardiac and
renal symptoms have also been reported as have melanosis Coli and
discoloration of urine when anthraquinone purgatives have been used.
Glycosides are hydrolysed by colonic bacteria in the intestinal tract and the
anthraquinones liberated into the colon where they probably stimulate the
myenteric plexus, cause direct stimulation and water electrolyte secretion.
The anthraquinones are partly absorbed in the colon. The absorbed material is
metabolised then excreted in the urine and mild if used during lactation. The
unabsorbed anthraquinones are excreted with the faeces.
Preclinical safety data
List of excipients
Special precautions for storage
Nature and contents of container
Cardboard cartons 25 gm.
Special precautions for disposal
MARKETING AUTHORISATION HOLDER
UNIT 3, CANALSIDE,
BERKHAMSTED HP4 1EG,
MARKETING AUTHORISATION NUMBER(S)
DATE OF FIRST AUTHORISATION/RENEWAL OF THE
30 March 1984 / 19 November 1999
DATE OF REVISION OF THE TEXT
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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