Drug Name: SENOKOT
IRRITANT OR STIMULANT LAXATIVES - ORAL
COMMON SENOKOT BRAND NAME(S):
Ex-Lax, Feen-A-Mint, Neoloid, Senokot
SENOKOT SIDE EFFECTS:
SENOKOT may cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, rectal irritation, stomach cramps or bloating. If these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you experience: rectal bleeding, rapid heart rate, weakness, dizziness, fainting, sweating, skin rash, unrelieved constipation. SENOKOT may cause the urine to turn pink, red or brownish in color. Do not be alarmed. It is not harmful. Prolonged, frequent or excessive use of laxatives may lead to dependency. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
HOW TO USE SENOKOT:
SENOKOT: Take each dose with a full glass of water or juice and drink plenty of fluids while taking this medication. Chewable tablets are to be chewed thoroughly. Tablets are to be swallowed whole with a full glass of water. Wafers are to be chewed. Laxatives should not be used in persons experiencing stomach cramps, nausea or vomiting.
Irritant or stimulant laxatives are used to treat constipation and to clear the intestine before rectal or bowel examinations.
Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, swelling (edema), any allergies (especially to tartrazine). Castor oil is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Bulk producing laxatives are an alternative. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Consult your doctor before using any medication while breast-feeding.
SENOKOT DRUG INTERACTIONS:
Because laxatives may interfere with the absorption of some medications, it is important to tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take. Avoid the use of dairy products or antacids within one hour of taking bisacodyl tablets. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include severe diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, muscle cramps, weakness, lack of feeling alert, or dry gums and eyes.
To maintain normal bowel habits, it is important to drink plenty of fluids (4 to 6 eight ounce glasses a day), increase your intake of fiber and roughage and exercise regularly.
MISSED SENOKOT DOSE:
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom.