Senna has been grown for use as a laxative since ancient Egyptian times. After being ground to a fine powder, senna undergoes a scientific "standardization process" to ensure consistent potency with every recommended dose.
References to the use of senna as a natural vegetable laxative go back 3,500 years to the days of the pharaohs. It is even mentioned in the Ebers Papyrus, which documents medicines used to treat Egyptian royalty. Our Senokot® Family of Laxatives contains only purified and standardized senna.
The active ingredient in Senokot laxatives has been studied in over 8,000 patients in over 50 clinical studies.
These studies encompassed a wide variety of subjects, including:
- Hospitalized patients
- Postsurgical patients
- Patients over 60
- Postpartum patients*
- Pediatric patients***
- Patients suffering from chronic and drug-induced constipation
Clinical Trials of Senna Laxatives†
(424 of 441 patients)
(262 of 278 patients)
(5,566 of 5,933 patients)
(571 of 617 patients)
(594 of 639 patients)
(281 of 293 patients)
Do not use laxatives products for longer than one week unless directed by a doctor.
†Of these more than 8,000 patients treated with senna laxatives, 151 were treated with a combination of senna and docusate sodium, which are the active ingredients in Senokot-S Tablets.
*As with any drug, patients who are pregnant or nursing a baby should seek the advice of a health professional before using this product.
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**Delmas J. Constipation and Senokot. La Med Practicienne. 1970, May.
**Mishalany H. Seven years' experience with idiopathic unremitting chronic constipation. J Ped Surg. 1989;24:360-362.
**Blanc Dr, Choux J. A new treatment of constipation. Sud Med Chirurg. 1962 (Nov 20.); 2486
**Flintan P, Weeden GD. Standardized senna. Lancet. 1953;1:497.
**Forgerit M. Senokot et reeducation intestinale chez les convalescents. Ouest Med. 1971;24:1955-1957.
**Haward LRC. The clinical evaluation of a new conditioning treatment for chronic functional constipation in geriatric patients. Acta Gastro-Enterol. 1966;29:810-814.
**Katz R. Evaluation of standardized senna in the treatment of refractory constipation. Med Press. 1960;243:335,336.
**Lamphier TA, Ehlrich R. Evaluation of standardized senna in the management of constipation. Am J Gastroenterol. 1957;27:381-384.
**Lowy A. Bowel rehabilitation in the chronically constipated patient. Int Rec Med. 1960;173:303-305.
**Steigmann F. A new senna preparation in the treatment of chronic constipation. Fed Proc. 1956;15:488.
***Under 2 years of age, seek advice from a health care provider.
The natural vegetable laxative ingredient in Senokot products contains no harsh impurities. The active ingredient in Senokot laxatives is always purified senna, also known as sennosides. When you—or someone in your family—are troubled by the discomfort of occasional constipation, you want relief that's gentle.
For over 55 years, physicians and pharmacists have trusted—and millions of loyal customers have relied on—the Senokot Family of Laxatives to provide gentle, effective overnight relief of constipation.
Choice of Relief
The Senokot Family of Laxatives includes an option for occasional constipation that's right for virtually every member of your family.
When you or someone in your family needs a laxative for occasional constipation, take your pick from the Senokot Family of Laxatives. No matter which product you choose, you know you can count on gentle, predictable, overnight relief from occasional constipation.
In all cases, it is important to follow the instructions on the package and the advice of your healthcare professional.
Warnings to the Patient:
Do not use laxative products when abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting is present unless directed by a physician. If you have noticed a sudden change in bowel movements that persists over a period of two weeks, consult a physician before using a laxative. Do not use laxative products for longer than 1 week unless told to do so by a doctor. Rectal bleeding or failure to have a bowel movement after use of a laxative may indicate a serious condition; discontinue use and consult your physician. If you are pregnant or nursing a baby, seek the advice of a health professional before using these products. In case of accidental overdose, seek professional assistance or contact a Poison Control Center immediately. Keep out of children's reach.
Senokot-S: Do not use if you are now taking mineral oil, unless told to do so by a doctor.