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What Is Senna?

Many people want to know more about what senna is. Senna leaf and fruit are natural products that are primarily used as a laxative for the treatment of constipation. Senna (in the form of sennosides) is an over-the-counter medication generally recognized as safe and effective for treating constipation.
 
Senna contains sennosides, compounds that act as a stimulant laxative. It is thought that senna works by irritating the lining of the digestive tract, which causes fluid secretion and helps stimulate movement through the colon. It has also been suggested that senna may work by affecting prostaglandins or serotonin in the digestive tract.
 
Short-term senna use is probably safe for most people. However, some people may be more likely to experience problems due to senna. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking it if you have:
 
(Click Senna for more information about senna and its safety guidelines, other possible benefits, and potential side effects.)
 
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