Senna ok for every-day use?
Posted 01 August 2013 - 02:26 PM
Is it ok to use senna type laxatives *vegitable* if miralax and fiber arent working at all, or is that a bad idea? I understand there is a risk of dependancy but I think its better than suffering daily. I will consult with a pharmacist tonight but opinions welcomed.
Posted 01 August 2013 - 02:51 PM
this question came up a while ago and Kathleen posted this link from Pub Med about about senna usage--very good, reliable information.
among other things it says:
"there is no convincing evidence that the chronic use of senna has, as a consequence, a structural and/or functional alteration of the enteric nerves or the smooth intestinal muscle."
and, as Kathleen mentioned earlier there isn't any evidence that the stimulant laxatives presently used will cause dependence or make constipation any worse than it would get on it's own. my own gastro docs have told me that this is true and i've read many articles that support this information. here is one:
some of us--those of us who have colonic inertia, for example--really do need stimulant laxatives in order to go. taking them to keep things moving is far better than letting stool back up and cause a blockage.
these are just my own thoughts. for expert medical advice please contact a health care professional.
Posted 01 August 2013 - 03:09 PM
Thank you so much Anne. I appreciate it.
Posted 06 August 2013 - 12:29 AM