Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Doc-Q-Lax, Doculax, Dok Plus, Gentlax S, Peri-Colace, Senna Plus, Senna S, Sennalax-S, Senokot S, SenoSol-SS
Generic Name: docusate and senna (Pronunciation: DOK yoo sate and SEN a)
What is docusate and senna (Doc-Q-Lax, Doculax, Dok Plus, Gentlax S, Peri-Colace, Senna Plus, Senna S, Sennalax-S, Senokot S, SenoSol-SS)?
Docusate is a stool softener. It makes bowel movements softer and easier to pass.
Senna is a laxative. It stimulates muscle movement in the intestines.
Docusate and senna may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
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What are the possible side effects of docusate and senna?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using docusate and senna and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about docusate and senna?
Use this medication as directed on the label, or as your doctor has prescribed. Do not use the medication in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to docusate and senna, or if you are also taking mineral oil.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using docusate and senna if you have nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, a sudden change in bowel habits, or an intestinal disorder (such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis).
Do not use this medication without your doctor's advice if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Do not take this medication for longer than 7 days in a row. Call your doctor if your constipation does not improve or if it gets worse.
Stop taking this docusate and senna and call your doctor at once if you have rectal bleeding, severe stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, or if you do not have a bowel movement.
Do not use any other over-the-counter laxatives or other stool softener without first asking your doctor or pharmacist.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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