Drug Information

Senna is a laxative used for short-term treatment of constipation. It is available as nonprescription drugs and as herbal products.

Common brand names:

Ex-Lax, Fletcher's Castoria, Senokot

Summary of Interactions with Vitamins, Herbs, & Foods

Types of interactions: Beneficial Adverse Check

Replenish Depleted Nutrients

  • none

Reduce Side Effects

  • none

Support Medicine

  • none

Reduces Effectiveness

  • none

Potential Negative Interaction

  • none

Explanation Required 

  • Potassium

    Overuse or misuse of laxatives, including senna, can cause water, sodium, and potassium depletion.1 To avoid depletion problems, people should limit laxative use, including senna, to one week or less.2

  • Sodium

    Overuse or misuse of laxatives, including senna, can cause water, sodium, and potassium depletion.3 To avoid depletion problems, people should limit laxative use, including senna, to one week or less.4

The Drug-Nutrient Interactions table may not include every possible interaction. Taking medicines with meals, on an empty stomach, or with alcohol may influence their effects. For details, refer to the manufacturers’ package information as these are not covered in this table. If you take medications, always discuss the potential risks and benefits of adding a new supplement with your doctor or pharmacist.

References

1. Threlkeld DS, ed. Gastrointestinal Drugs, Laxatives. In Facts and Comparisons Drug Information. St. Louis, MO: Facts and Comparisons, May 1991, 318a-9.

2. Threlkeld DS, ed. Gastrointestinal Drugs, Laxatives. In Facts and Comparisons Drug Information. St. Louis, MO: Facts and Comparisons, May 1991, 318a-9.

3. Threlkeld DS, ed. Gastrointestinal Drugs, Laxatives. In Facts and Comparisons Drug Information. St. Louis, MO: Facts and Comparisons, May 1991, 318a-9.

4. Threlkeld DS, ed. Gastrointestinal Drugs, Laxatives. In Facts and Comparisons Drug Information. St. Louis, MO: Facts and Comparisons, May 1991, 318a-9.