Senokot is the perfect solution for short-term constipation relief.
Frequently Asked Questions
It can take between six and twelve hours for Senokot to cause a bowel movement.
Senokot can take about eight hours to work, so as the aim is to produce a bowel movement for the next day – ideally the next morning – then we recommend taking the laxative in the evening, to allow it to start taking effect.
Once a day at bedtime. The usual dose for adults (aged 18 and over) is one or two 5ml spoonfuls. Only give Senokot to children (aged 17 and under), if a medical professional recommends it, and read the leaflet inside the medicine packet to ensure you give the correct dose.
We recommend taking a dose at night, so that the bowel movement will occur in the morning; however, you can find the time of day that suits you best.
There is no evidence to suggest that Senokot causes any harm during pregnancy. However, It is recommended by medical professionals that you should consider altering your diet before turning to laxatives. For example, try eating more fibre and drinking more water. Gentle exercise can also assist in relieving constipation.
Senokot can cause stomach cramps and/or diarrhoea. These symptoms are more likely to occur if you suffer with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). You must stop taking Senokot if you get diarrhoea.
If your urine turns a red-brown colour, this is harmless.
Rare but serious side effects include:
– Blistered, red, or peeling skin
– Tightness in the chest or throat
– Trouble breathing
– Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue
– Rectal bleeding
Call 999 or go straight to A&E if you experience any of the above side effects.
Taking Senokot over a long period of time can cause Electrolyte Imbalance. This is where the substance levels in your body become too high or too low, which can then lead to muscle spasms or even a seizure.
Using Senokot over a period of weeks or months can cause your bowel to stop working properly on its own.
For a full list of side effects that can occur when taking Senokot, see the leaflet inside your medicine packet.