Sen: MedlinePlus supplements

It is PROBABLY SAFE for most adults and children over 2 years of age when ingested in the short term. Senna is an over-the-counter drug approved by the FDA. Senna can cause some side effects such as upset stomach, cramps and diarrhea.

The sen IS NOT POSSIBLY SAFE when ingested in large quantities or in high doses. Do not use sen for more than two weeks. Prolonged use may cause the bowel to stop working normally and may lead to reliance on the use of laxatives. Long-term use may also change the amount or balance of some chemicals in the blood (electrolytes) that can cause disturbances in heart function, muscle weakness, liver damage, and other harmful effects.

Special warnings and precautions: It is POSSIBLY SAFE during pregnancy and lactation when swallowed in the short term. POSSIBLY NOT SAFE when ingested long term or in high doses. In the long term, frequent use, or use of high doses has been linked to serious side effects that include dependence on laxatives and liver damage.

Although small amounts of senna are excreted in breast milk, it does not appear to be a problem for babies who are breastfeeding. Whenever the mother uses it in the recommended amounts, senna does not produce changes in the frequency or consistency of babies' feces.

Electrolyte Imbalances, Potassium Deficiency : excessive use of sen may worsen these conditions.

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Dehydration, diarrhea or soft stools : Senna should not be used in people with dehydration, diarrhea or loose stools. It can worsen these conditions.

Heart Disease : Sin can lead to electrolyte disturbances and can worsen heart disease.