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My doctor put me on senokot last week its been working pretty good for me, anyone else had good results from using this?.......I also heard that your body can become dependant on this, is this true?
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Yes, if contains senna right? My gastroenterologist said senna can cause problems down the road. It does work but unfortunately, it's a stimulant so don't take it too long. Sorry.
They say that the bowel can become dependant on stimulant laxatives, so you may want to have a discussion with your doctor about that and follow his/her lead. One book I have recommends not taking them for more than a few days at a time. But it didn't say how long one needs to take a break before the next time. Also recommendations may be different for people with chronic vs occasional constiption and I don't have that info. I think the main concern is that one can be someone with occasional constipation and turn it into a chronic condition by overdoing the laxative thing. But if your already chronic, maybe it is viewed differently.Have you tried adding fiber and water to the diet? K.
I've got a box of that in the house I was supposed to use right after Chemo, but I nixed it after the first time -- such cramping and hardening! I tried to get by without it, because the anti-nausea drugs do get you constipated. I used warm prune juice and oatmeal and fibrous bread. After a few days everything seem to loosen up. I read on various web sites that after long term use it makes the fingrers and toes longer (Hey, don't ask me!) But Senna has some unusual properites.
I've been IBS-C a long time. I have an extensive regime daily which helps including citrucel, stool softeners, magnesium citrate, Ezekiel bread and lots of water. However, even with all that, I still don't 'go' properly all of the time. I use Peridiem (with senna ) about 2-3 times a month. The pharmacist I talked to said that should not be a problem. So, I don't know if it is really OK or not. I only know that it is the 1 thing that has really given me relief when I need it. Too bad it has addictive qualities. I think that someone posted a good question though, could it be that with chronic C, perhaps it is OK to use more often? I'd like to know your Dr.'s response when you ask him/her about long term use for chronic C.
I used it once (the generic brand) after laproscopic surgery. It took a couple of days to kick in, though. Made me feel bloated, but did the trick!
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